Shares of Avon Products Inc. (NYSE:AVP) were up 5.1% on Friday . The stock traded as high as $3.99 and last traded at $3.93, with a volume of 2,503,009 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $3.74.

Several analysts recently weighed in on AVP shares. Vetr upgraded Avon Products from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $4.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 15th. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Avon Products in a report on Wednesday, March 16th. Piper Jaffray Cos. downgraded Avon Products from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $5.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Tuesday, April 12th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Sterne Agee CRT restated a “buy” rating and issued a $6.00 price objective on shares of Avon Products in a report on Thursday, April 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Avon Products from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 20th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $7.76.

The firm’s market cap is $1.72 billion. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $3.96 and a 200 day moving average price of $3.95.

Avon Products (NYSE:AVP) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported ($0.07) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.03 by $0.10. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.03 EPS. The firm earned $1.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.32 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 15.8% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Avon Products Inc. will post $0.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund boosted its position in shares of Avon Products by 14.7% in the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 269,515 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,092,000 after buying an additional 34,500 shares during the period. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Avon Products by 51.8% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 280,461 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,136,000 after buying an additional 95,659 shares during the period. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Avon Products by 5.6% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 306,053 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,240,000 after buying an additional 16,344 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its position in shares of Avon Products by 23.2% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 312,771 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,267,000 after buying an additional 58,835 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in shares of Avon Products by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 505,490 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,047,000 after buying an additional 7,594 shares during the period.

Avon Products, Inc is a manufacturer and marketer of beauty and related products. The Company’s product categories are Beauty, and Fashion and Home. Beauty consists of skincare (which includes personal care), fragrance and color (cosmetics). Fashion and Home consists of fashion jewelry, watches, apparel, footwear, accessories, gift and decorative products, housewares, entertainment and leisure products, children’s products and nutritional products.

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