Discussion stirs around Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) this week; here is what analysts are saying.

February 19, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

 Discussion stirs around Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) this week; here is what analysts are saying.
Investors sentiment increased to 1.17 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.39, from 0.78 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 12 investors sold Greif, Inc. shares while 65 reduced holdings. 31 funds opened positions while 59 raised stakes. 22.47 million shares or 0.15% more from 22.43 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported.
Citadel Advsrs Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 48,336 shares. Metropolitan Life Insur Com Ny owns 41,031 shares. Swiss National Bank & Trust reported 42,400 shares. Yorktown Mngmt And Rech Company Incorporated stated it has 4,200 shares or 0.06% of all its holdings. Heartland, Wisconsin-based fund reported 222,122 shares. Visionary Asset, a Texas-based fund reported 5,480 shares. Rhumbline Advisers has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF). Susquehanna Gp Llp holds 0% or 17,467 shares. Tower Cap Limited Co (Trc) reported 1,645 shares. Amalgamated Comml Bank has 3,505 shares. Moreover, Renaissance Tech Lc has 0.01% invested in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF). South Dakota Investment Council holds 9,000 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Qs Limited Liability Co holds 10 shares. Jpmorgan Chase And has invested 0% in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF). Systematic Financial Mngmt Lp holds 0.27% or 228,015 shares in its portfolio.

Since September 27, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $5,514 activity.

Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) Ratings Coverage

Among 7 analysts covering Greif (NYSE:GEF), 4 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Greif had 37 analyst reports since August 11, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Robert W. Baird maintained it with “Buy” rating and $66.0 target in Friday, November 10 report. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Hold” on Monday, September 18. The rating was downgraded by DA Davidson on Monday, November 21 to “Underperform”. The stock of Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, August 11 by Zacks. The firm has “Buy” rating by Bank of America given on Tuesday, September 6. The company was maintained on Friday, October 20 by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) has “Hold” rating given on Monday, April 24 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was initiated by Sidoti with “Buy” on Friday, March 17. Zacks downgraded the shares of GEF in report on Monday, August 31 to “Hold” rating. The company was downgraded on Friday, September 1 by Bank of America. Below is a list of Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) latest ratings and price target changes.

02/01/2018 Broker: Bank of America Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Buy Upgrade
13/12/2017 Broker: BMO Capital Markets Rating: Hold New Target: $57.0 Maintain
08/12/2017 Broker: KeyBanc Capital Markets Rating: Sell New Target: $47.0 Maintain
08/12/2017 Broker: Robert W. Baird Rating: Buy New Target: $72.0 Maintain
07/12/2017 Broker: DA Davidson Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Buy Old Target: $54 Upgrade
24/11/2017 Broker: BMO Capital Markets Rating: Hold New Target: $55.0 Maintain
10/11/2017 Broker: Robert W. Baird Rating: Buy New Target: $66.0 Maintain
20/10/2017 Broker: BMO Capital Markets Rating: Hold New Target: $55.0 Maintain
18/09/2017 Broker: BMO Capital Markets Rating: Hold New Target: $55.0 Maintain
01/09/2017 Broker: Bank of America Old Rating: Buy New Rating: Neutral Downgrade

The stock increased 0.81% or $0.46 during the last trading session, reaching $57.05. About 157,572 shares traded. Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) has risen 67.37% since February 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 50.67% the S&P500.

Greif, Inc. produces and sells industrial packaging products. The company has market cap of $2.83 billion. It operates in five divisions: Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services; Paper Packaging & Services; Flexible Products & Services; and Land Management. It has a 23 P/E ratio. The Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment offers rigid industrial packaging products, including steel, fiber, and plastic drums; rigid intermediate bulk containers; closure systems for industrial packaging products; transit protection products; water bottles, and remanufactured and reconditioned industrial containers; and services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing, and other packaging services.

More important recent Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) news were published by: Jsonline.com which released: “Greif board members accused of insider trading for selling before safety …” on October 06, 2017, also Businesswire.com published article titled: “Greif, Inc. Announces 2017 Fourth Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call …”, Reuters.com published: “BRIEF-Greif Inc comments on report of insider trading by co’s directors‍​” on October 10, 2017. More interesting news about Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) was released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “Greif Inc (GEF) Files 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended on October 31, 2017” with publication date: December 20, 2017.

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