News headlines about J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. J.Jill earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.0758201521983 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
A number of research analysts recently weighed in on JILL shares. Jefferies Group set a $13.00 target price on shares of J.Jill and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Morgan Stanley cut shares of J.Jill from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. ValuEngine cut shares of J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of J.Jill from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, SunTrust Banks cut shares of J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $15.00.
Shares of J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) opened at $8.53 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 1.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63. The stock has a market cap of $372.29 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.33. J.Jill has a fifty-two week low of $4.74 and a fifty-two week high of $14.40.
J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.09 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $162.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $156.20 million. J.Jill had a net margin of 4.15% and a return on equity of 23.68%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that J.Jill will post 0.74 earnings per share for the current year.
In related news, CFO David Biese purchased 12,500 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $7.28 per share, for a total transaction of $91,000.00. Following the acquisition, the chief financial officer now owns 533,758 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,885,758.24. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Paula Bennett purchased 25,000 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The stock was bought at an average price of $7.28 per share, for a total transaction of $182,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 8.70% of the company’s stock.
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J.Jill, Inc (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs.
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