Kirkland’s Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK) was up 5.7% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $15.07 and last traded at $15.06, with a volume of 85,716 shares. The stock had previously closed at $14.25.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on KIRK shares. B. Riley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 price objective on shares of Kirkland’s in a research note on Saturday, March 19th. Piper Jaffray Cos. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Kirkland’s in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kirkland’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 16th. Finally, SunTrust Banks Inc. lowered their price objective on shares of Kirkland’s from $21.00 to $20.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, May 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $23.00.

The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $14.19 and a 200-day moving average price of $14.54. The firm has a market cap of $237.75 million and a PE ratio of 17.23.

Kirkland’s (NASDAQ:KIRK) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, May 24th. The company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.03. The business earned $129.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $132.32 million. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.16 EPS. Analysts forecast that Kirkland’s Inc. will post $1.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Wilson R. Orr III sold 4,273 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.94, for a total transaction of $63,838.62. Following the sale, the director now owns 27,047 shares in the company, valued at approximately $404,082.18. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Wilson R. Orr III sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total value of $75,000.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 22,047 shares in the company, valued at approximately $330,705. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors recently made changes to their positions in KIRK. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in shares of Kirkland’s by 42.6% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 125,085 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,813,000 after buying an additional 37,350 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley boosted its stake in shares of Kirkland’s by 76.6% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 97,447 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,412,000 after buying an additional 42,272 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LLC boosted its stake in shares of Kirkland’s by 52.3% in the fourth quarter. Royce & Associates LLC now owns 447,437 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,488,000 after buying an additional 153,600 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY boosted its stake in shares of Kirkland’s by 21.1% in the fourth quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,128,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,359,000 after buying an additional 196,200 shares in the last quarter.

Kirkland’s, Inc is a retailer of home decor and gifts in the United States. As of January 31, 2015, the Company operated 344 stores in 35 states, as well as an e-commerce enabled Website. The Company’s stores present a line of merchandise, including framed art, mirrors, wall decor, candles and related items, lamps, decorative accessories, accent furniture, textiles, garden-related accessories and artificial floral products.

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