J.Jill (JILL) Stock Rating Lowered by ValuEngine

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ValuEngine lowered shares of J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report report published on Saturday, ValuEngine reports.

Several other research firms also recently commented on JILL. Wells Fargo & Co decreased their target price on shares of J.Jill from $7.00 to $6.00 and set a market perform rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of J.Jill from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, January 25th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of J.Jill from a d+ rating to a c rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $7.29.

NYSE:JILL opened at $5.13 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 1.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11. The stock has a market cap of $223.99 million, a PE ratio of 7.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.69 and a beta of 1.91. J.Jill has a one year low of $4.54 and a one year high of $9.62.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, March 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.05 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.03 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $170.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $170.91 million. J.Jill had a net margin of 4.32% and a return on equity of 15.56%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.13 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that J.Jill will post 0.69 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a special dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 1st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 19th were given a $1.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, March 18th.

In other J.Jill news, insider David Biese sold 171,429 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $6.85, for a total value of $1,174,288.65. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 362,329 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,481,953.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 9.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of JILL. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its position in J.Jill by 108.3% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 757,178 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $4,679,000 after purchasing an additional 393,668 shares in the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC grew its position in J.Jill by 914.6% in the 3rd quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 357,157 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $2,207,000 after purchasing an additional 321,954 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new stake in J.Jill in the 3rd quarter worth about $440,000. Marshall Wace LLP bought a new stake in J.Jill in the 3rd quarter worth about $414,000. Finally, Prudential Financial Inc. grew its position in J.Jill by 8.9% in the 4th quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 709,704 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,783,000 after purchasing an additional 58,205 shares in the last quarter. 24.96% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc operates as an Omni channel retailer women's apparel under the J.Jill brand name in the United States. The company offers knit and woven tops, bottoms, and dresses, as well as sweaters and outerwear; and complementary footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry, and hosiery for misses, petites, and women.

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