J.Jill (JILL) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to Sell
According to Zacks, “J.Jill, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of womens apparel. The Company offers sweaters, tops, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, sleepwear and accessories. It markets through retail stores, website and catalog. J.Jill, Inc. is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. “
Several other research analysts also recently commented on JILL. ValuEngine raised shares of J.Jill from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, March 18th. TheStreet downgraded shares of J.Jill from a “c” rating to a “d” rating in a report on Thursday, April 11th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $7.29.
J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, March 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.05 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.03 by $0.02. J.Jill had a net margin of 4.32% and a return on equity of 15.56%. The firm had revenue of $170.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $170.91 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.13 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that J.Jill will post 0.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In related news, insider David Biese sold 171,429 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 transaction, the insider now directly owns 362,329 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,481,953.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 9.10% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised 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 during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC purchased a new position in J.Jill in the 3rd quarter worth $440,000. First Quadrant L P CA grew its holdings in J.Jill by 495.2% in the 4th quarter. First Quadrant L P CA now owns 64,952 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $346,000 after acquiring an additional 54,039 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers grew its holdings in J.Jill by 38.8% in the 4th quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 23,810 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $127,000 after acquiring an additional 6,650 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cigna Investments Inc. New bought a new stake in J.Jill in the 4th quarter worth $74,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 25.22% of the company’s stock.
J.Jill, Inc operates as an omnichannel retailer for 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.
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