J.Jill (JILL) Rating Lowered to Hold at ValuEngine

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) was downgraded by ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Sunday.

A number of other research firms have also commented on JILL. Zacks Investment Research raised J.Jill from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Royal Bank of Canada lowered J.Jill from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. SunTrust Banks lowered J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Jefferies Group set a $13.00 target price on J.Jill and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered J.Jill from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $15.00.

Shares of J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) opened at $7.80 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $341.23 and a PE ratio of 12.00. The company has a current ratio of 1.27, a quick ratio of 0.48 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63. J.Jill has a 1 year low of $4.74 and a 1 year high of $14.40.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $162.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $156.20 million. J.Jill had a return on equity of 23.68% and a net margin of 4.15%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that J.Jill will post 0.74 EPS for the current year.

In related news, insider Paula Bennett purchased 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $7.28 per share, with a total value of $182,000.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO David Biese purchased 12,500 shares of the 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 transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 533,758 shares in the company, valued at $3,885,758.24. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 8.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $110,000. B. Riley Financial Inc. acquired a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $109,000. Rhumbline Advisers acquired a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $135,000. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC acquired a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $168,000. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $248,000. 31.28% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About J.Jill

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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