Stage Stores Inc. (NYSE:SSI) traded up 2.2% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $5.72 and last traded at $5.69, with a volume of 210,167 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $5.57.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $4.80 price objective on shares of Stage Stores in a report on Wednesday, May 25th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Stage Stores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 18th. Sterne Agee CRT reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Stage Stores in a report on Monday, May 16th. Telsey Advisory Group decreased their price objective on shares of Stage Stores from $7.50 to $5.25 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, May 20th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Stage Stores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, June 10th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $8.68.

The stock’s market capitalization is $152.40 million. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $5.27 and its 200-day moving average price is $6.90.

Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 19th. The company reported ($0.56) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.47) by $0.09. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted ($0.27) EPS. The business had revenue of $332.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $348.05 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Stage Stores Inc. will post $0.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, SVP Richard E. Stasyszen acquired 5,000 shares of Stage Stores stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $5.10 per share, with a total value of $25,500.00. Following the purchase, the senior vice president now owns 51,158 shares in the company, valued at approximately $260,905.80. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Earl J. Hesterberg acquired 15,000 shares of Stage Stores stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 20th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $4.78 per share, for a total transaction of $71,700.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 52,895 shares in the company, valued at approximately $252,838.10. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of SSI. Afam Capital Inc. raised its stake in Stage Stores by 20.8% in the fourth quarter. Afam Capital Inc. now owns 113,397 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,033,000 after buying an additional 19,548 shares in the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Stage Stores by 9.5% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 129,785 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,182,000 after buying an additional 11,210 shares in the last quarter. Buckhead Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Stage Stores during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,200,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in Stage Stores by 25.0% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 197,724 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,801,000 after buying an additional 39,524 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP raised its stake in Stage Stores by 36.7% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 272,423 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,482,000 after buying an additional 73,209 shares in the last quarter.

Stage Stores, Inc operates specialty department stores mainly in small and mid-sized towns and communities. The Company’s department stores offer a range of brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. The Company operates approximately 830 specialty department stores in over 40 states under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES and STAGE nameplates and a direct-to-consumer business.

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