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A Look Into Insider Activity With The Kroger Co. (KR)

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has seen its stock price gain 0.63, or +2.30%, so far in 2017. In the past 3-month period alone, shares of KR have appreciated +7.30 – or +35.13%. The stock’s 52-week range is $19.69 to $34.99, and its 3-month range is $20.25 to $28.49.

The average Wall Street analyst rating for The Kroger Co. is Hold, according to the average of 15 analyst scores. Of those analysts, 5 rate stock as a Strong Buy, 8 rate it as Hold, and just no analyst rates it as a Moderate Sell.

Insider Trading Activity for The Kroger Co.

Taking a look at insider trading at The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) can give useful insight into how the stock is performing. The Kroger Co. has had 12 insider trades in the last 3 months, including 1 open market buys and 11 sells. Of those insider trades, 28,270 shares of The Kroger Co. were purchased and 74,685 shares were sold. The total number of shares traded in the last 90-day period is 102,955.

Insider trading over the last 12 months, however, paints a different picture. In the last year there have been a total of 145 insider trades, including 48 open market buys and 97 sells. Of those transactions, there were 1 million shares of KR bought and 466,525 shares sold. The total number of shares traded in the last 12 months is 1.47 million.

The most recent open market insider trade was Sell of 15,400 shares on a day where the closing price was 27.65. The insider, DONNELLY MICHAEL JOSEPH, now holds 279,059 shares of KR.

The most recent non open market insider trade was completed by SCHLOTMAN J MICHAEL on 12/27/2017, and was a disposition of 7,150 shares with a final price of $0. The insider now holds 359,953 shares of The Kroger Co. (KR).

Examining Institutional Ownership at The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)

According to The Kroger Co.’s latest 13F filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), institutional ownership is at 83.22%. The total amount of shares outstanding is 887.00 million, giving the company a market capitalization of about 24.91 billion.

There are 823 institutional holders with active positions, accounting for 733.43 million shares in total. Of those holders, 341 had increased positions amounting to 101.56 million shares, 398 had decreased positions amounting to 71.53 million shares, and 84 holders have a held position accounting for 560.33 million shares.

The top 5 institutional holders, in ascending order, are as follows: BLACKROCK INC. with 69.88 million shares, VANGUARD GROUP INC with 68.66 million shares, CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS with 54.91 million shares, FMR LLC with 47.99 million shares, and STATE STREET CORP with 37.71 million shares.

According to The Kroger Co. (KR) most recent 13F filing, the company has 85 new institutional holders – accounting for 24.82 million shares of its common stock. There were 115 sold out positions, amounting to 16.7 million shares.

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