Smart & Final Stores Inc. (NYSE:SFS) was down 3.4% during trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $15.20 and last traded at $15.20, with a volume of 94,161 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $15.74.

Several equities research analysts have commented on SFS shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Smart & Final Stores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 21st. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “hold” rating on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Monday, April 11th. RBC Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $21.00 price objective on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Friday, July 22nd. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $20.00 price objective on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Thursday, April 21st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Cos. restated a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective (down previously from $19.00) on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $19.11.

The company’s 50-day moving average is $15.35 and its 200-day moving average is $15.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.12 billion and a PE ratio of 36.38.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $0.08 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.01. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.10 earnings per share. The business earned $908.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $934.14 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Smart & Final Stores Inc. will post $0.75 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, EVP Scott R. Drew sold 23,084 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.98, for a total value of $345,798.32. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 48,185 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $721,811.30. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Scott R. Drew sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.97, for a total value of $374,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 48,185 shares in the company, valued at approximately $721,329.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Smart & Final Stores, Inc is a food retailer. The Company serves household and business customers through approximately two store banners, including Smart & Final and Cash & Carry. The Company operates through two business segments: Smart & Final and Cash & Carry. The Smart & Final segment is based in Commerce, California and includes over 90 legacy Smart & Final stores and approximately 130 Extra! format stores, which focus on household and business customers and are located in California, Arizona and Nevada.

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