Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC) Short Interest Up 25.1% in March

Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ: NHTC – Get Rating) benefited from a significant increase in short-term interest during the month of March. As of March 31, there was short interest totaling 41,400 shares, an increase of 25.1% from the March 15 total of 33,100 shares. Approximately 0.6% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 21,000 shares, the day-to-cover ratio is currently 2.0 days.

NHTC stock traded down $0.04 at midday Tuesday, hitting $7.18. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1 share, compared to its average volume of 20,425. Natural Health Trends has a 52-week low of $6.30 and a 52-week high of $8.25. The stock has a market capitalization of $82.00 million, a PE ratio of 79.34 and a beta of 0.40. The company’s 50-day simple moving average is $7.20 and its 200-day simple moving average is $7.20.

Natural Health Trends (NASDAQ:NHTC – Get Rating) last reported quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 9. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.02 for the quarter. Natural Health Trends posted a net margin of 1.81% and a return on equity of 1.74%. The company had revenue of $16.11 million for the quarter.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 4. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 22 received a dividend of $0.20. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 18. This represents a dividend of $0.80 on an annualized basis and a yield of 11.14%. Natural Health Trends’ payout ratio is currently 888.99%.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of NHTC. Morgan Stanley increased its holdings in Natural Health Trends by 10.4% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 18,914 shares of the company worth $136,000 after purchasing an additional 1,776 shares during the period. Acadian Asset Management LLC increased its holdings of Natural Health Trends shares by 20.2% during the fourth quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 49,284 shares of the company worth $332,000 after acquiring an additional 8,297 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings of Natural Health Trends shares by 13.7% during the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 123,287 shares of the company worth $884,000 after acquiring an additional 14,829 shares during the period. Institutional investors hold 12.10% of the company’s shares.

Company Profile Natural Health Trends (Get a rating)

Natural Health Trends Corp., a direct selling and e-commerce company, offers personal care, wellness and lifestyle products under the NHT Global brand. The Company offers wellness products, including liquid, capsule, tablet and powder dietary and nutritional supplements, as well as vitamins and minerals; and herbal products including herbal supplements.

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