Equities analysts forecast that Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) will announce $1.65 billion in sales for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have issued estimates for Big Lots’ earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $1.60 billion and the highest is $1.68 billion. Big Lots reported sales of $1.58 billion in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 4.4%. The company is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results on Friday, March 2nd.

On average, analysts expect that Big Lots will report full-year sales of $1.65 billion for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $5.23 billion to $5.30 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will post sales of $5.24 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $5.09 billion to $5.31 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover Big Lots.

Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, December 1st. The company reported $0.06 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.04 by $0.02. Big Lots had a return on equity of 30.17% and a net margin of 3.36%. The firm had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.11 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.04 EPS. The business’s revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on BIG shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Big Lots from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Raymond James Financial reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $67.00 target price on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Saturday, December 2nd. UBS Group cut Big Lots from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Citigroup set a $69.00 target price on Big Lots and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies set a $52.00 target price on Big Lots and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 1st. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $60.64.

In other news, Director Jeffrey Paul Berger sold 6,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.00, for a total value of $348,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 7,566 shares in the company, valued at approximately $438,828. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Timothy A. Johnson sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total value of $1,100,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 65,649 shares in the company, valued at $3,610,695. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale boosted its position in shares of Big Lots by 78.3% in the 3rd quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 2,858 shares of the company’s stock worth $144,000 after purchasing an additional 1,255 shares during the last quarter. Whittier Trust Co. bought a new position in shares of Big Lots in the 3rd quarter worth $178,000. First Quadrant L P CA bought a new position in shares of Big Lots in the 3rd quarter worth $182,000. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. bought a new position in shares of Big Lots in the 3rd quarter worth $200,000. Finally, Csenge Advisory Group bought a new position in shares of Big Lots in the 3rd quarter worth $218,000.

Shares of Big Lots (BIG) opened at $59.16 on Friday. Big Lots has a twelve month low of $45.10 and a twelve month high of $60.20. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,490.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.09, a P/E/G ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a current ratio of 1.66, a quick ratio of 0.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.69%. Big Lots’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 25.51%.

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Big Lots Company Profile

Big Lots, Inc is a non-traditional, discount retailer operating in the United States. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated a total of 1,432 stores. The Company operates through the discount retailing segment. As of January 28, 2017, the Company’s stores are located at various states of the United States, such as Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.

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