TheStreet lowered shares of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:NUS) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Monday.

A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on NUS. Jefferies Group lifted their price objective on Nu Skin Enterprises from $53.00 to $61.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Thursday, September 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Nu Skin Enterprises from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, October 27th. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price objective on Nu Skin Enterprises from $66.00 to $69.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, September 21st. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price target on Nu Skin Enterprises from $55.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price target on Nu Skin Enterprises from $34.00 to $45.00 and gave the stock a sell rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $56.25.

Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) opened at 52.18 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.84 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.11 and a beta of 1.75. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $58.29 and a 200 day moving average price of $53.67. Nu Skin Enterprises has a 12 month low of $23.51 and a 12 month high of $66.04.

Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 3rd. The company reported $0.98 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.14. Nu Skin Enterprises had a return on equity of 20.06% and a net margin of 6.26%. The company had revenue of $604 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $583.74 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.71 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Nu Skin Enterprises will post $2.97 earnings per share for the current year.

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The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 7th. Investors of record on Friday, November 18th will be given a dividend of $0.355 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 16th. This represents a $1.42 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.72%. Nu Skin Enterprises’s dividend payout ratio is currently 57.96%.

In related news, Chairman Steven Lund sold 61,000 shares of Nu Skin Enterprises stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.55, for a total transaction of $3,754,550.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Andrew D. Lipman sold 30,000 shares of Nu Skin Enterprises stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.13, for a total value of $1,923,900.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 36,090 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,314,451.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 4.60% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Emerald Acquisition Ltd. bought a new position in shares of Nu Skin Enterprises during the second quarter valued at about $494,000. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Nu Skin Enterprises by 260.1% in the second quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 5,474 shares of the company’s stock valued at $253,000 after buying an additional 3,954 shares in the last quarter. Loudon Investment Management LLC increased its position in shares of Nu Skin Enterprises by 72.0% in the second quarter. Loudon Investment Management LLC now owns 14,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $651,000 after buying an additional 5,900 shares in the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Nu Skin Enterprises by 23.8% in the second quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 24,952 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,153,000 after buying an additional 4,800 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its position in shares of Nu Skin Enterprises by 234.4% in the second quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 72,436 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,346,000 after buying an additional 50,774 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.44% of the company’s stock.

About Nu Skin Enterprises

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc is a direct selling company that develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements, and a range of other products and services. The Company offers anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under its Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. The Nu Skin brand offers a range of products, including ageLOC Spa systems, ageLOC Transformation anti-aging skin care system and ageLOC Tru Face Essence Ultra anti-aging skin care serum.

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