J.Jill (JILL) Upgraded to Sell at ValuEngine

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J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Friday.

Several other brokerages have also weighed in on JILL. TheStreet raised J.Jill from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Thursday, June 21st. Cowen lowered J.Jill from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 21st. Morgan Stanley reduced their price objective on J.Jill from $8.00 to $7.50 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, August 22nd. Deutsche Bank reduced their price objective on J.Jill from $10.00 to $9.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, August 22nd. Finally, Macquarie reduced their price objective on J.Jill from $7.00 to $6.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, August 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. J.Jill has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $7.07.

JILL stock opened at $5.56 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $270.36 million, a PE ratio of 7.04, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.84 and a beta of 2.29. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18, a current ratio of 1.65 and a quick ratio of 0.98. J.Jill has a 12-month low of $4.17 and a 12-month high of $9.62.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 21st. The specialty retailer reported $0.24 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.01. J.Jill had a return on equity of 18.90% and a net margin of 8.02%. The business had revenue of $179.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $178.46 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.29 earnings per share. J.Jill’s revenue was down .9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that J.Jill will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in JILL. First Quadrant L P CA bought a new position in shares of J.Jill in the second quarter worth $102,000. First Trust Advisors LP bought a new position in shares of J.Jill in the second quarter worth $125,000. Rhumbline Advisers bought a new position in shares of J.Jill in the second quarter worth $160,000. Citigroup Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of J.Jill by 2,403.1% in the first quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 29,712 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $131,000 after acquiring an additional 28,525 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP bought a new position in shares of J.Jill in the first quarter worth $133,000. 23.22% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About J.Jill

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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