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

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Stage Stores from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. TheStreet downgraded Stage Stores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, June 10th. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $4.80 target price on shares of Stage Stores in a report on Wednesday, May 25th. Telsey Advisory Group dropped their target price on Stage Stores from $7.50 to $5.25 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, May 20th. Finally, Sterne Agee CRT reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Stage Stores in a report on Monday, May 16th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. Stage Stores has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $8.68.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $5.28 and a 200-day moving average price of $6.83. The stock’s market cap is $160.52 million.

Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 19th. The company reported ($0.56) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.47) by $0.09. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($0.27) earnings per share. The company had revenue of $332.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $348.05 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 9.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Stage Stores Inc. will post $0.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Stage Stores news, SVP Richard E. Stasyszen acquired 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 20th. The stock was bought at an average price 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 $260,905.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Earl J. Hesterberg acquired 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 20th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $4.78 per share, with a total value of $71,700.00. Following 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.

A number of hedge funds have made changes to their positions in the stock. Royce & Associates LLC boosted its stake in shares of Stage Stores by 164.3% in the fourth quarter. Royce & Associates LLC now owns 626,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,708,000 after buying an additional 389,500 shares in the last quarter. Buckhead Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Stage Stores during the fourth quarter valued at $1,200,000. First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in Stage Stores by 36.7% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 272,423 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,482,000 after buying an additional 73,209 shares during the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its position in Stage Stores by 25.0% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 197,724 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,801,000 after buying an additional 39,524 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC raised its position 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 valued at $1,182,000 after buying an additional 11,210 shares during 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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