After earnings beat, is United Natural Foods a buy?

The stock is up nearly 30% year to date. Should investors jump in?

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Sep 16, 2013 1:01PM
United Natural Foods' (UNFI) fourth-quarter earnings were met with applause last week. The stock jumped nearly 13% on Friday, and it opened this week still climbing. The company beat analysts' expectations on earnings and revenue, and today it saw a price target bump from the likes of Citigroup, which maintains a buy rating on the stock.

Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser notes that as a distribution play, United Natural is reliant on orders from major customers like Whole Foods Market (WFM). But Jason sees United Natural continuing to diversify and grow its customer base, which decreases the risk of being overdependent on a single customer.
(© Jupiterimages/Jupiterimages)Jason recommended United Natural at the beginning of 2013, as it's the big dog in the distribution space -- and the stock has had a great year, up nearly 30% year to date. However, now that shares are trading at more than 30 times earnings, Jason thinks this may be one stock to keep on your watchlist.

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