The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high on Monday . The stock traded as high as $84.95 and last traded at $84.10, with a volume of 101,752 shares. The stock had previously closed at $83.17.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upgraded shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores to a “buy” rating and set a $93.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating on shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores in a research note on Wednesday, May 18th. FBR & Co restated an “outperform” rating and set a $85.00 target price on shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores in a research note on Wednesday, May 18th. Finally, Stephens restated an “equal weight” rating and set a $80.00 target price on shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $80.14.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $78.51 and its 200-day moving average price is $73.48. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.60 billion and a PE ratio of 25.05.

The Children’s Place Retail Stores (NASDAQ:PLCE) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, May 17th. The company reported $1.32 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.28. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.83 EPS. The firm earned $419.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $417.91 million. The Children’s Place Retail Stores’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc. will post $4.25 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, July 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 16th were given a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.95%.

In other The Children’s Place Retail Stores news, Director Joseph A. Alutto sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.02, for a total value of $1,110,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 46,165 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,417,133.30. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Kevin Low sold 1,332 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.20, for a total value of $94,838.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 27,965 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,991,108. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,406,204 shares of the company’s stock worth $77,623,000 after buying an additional 16,063 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 139,211 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,685,000 after buying an additional 5,585 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores by 375.0% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 51,322 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,833,000 after buying an additional 40,517 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley increased its position in shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores by 73.3% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 322,881 shares of the company’s stock worth $17,822,000 after buying an additional 136,549 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its position in shares of The Children’s Place Retail Stores by 3.1% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 35,545 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,962,000 after buying an additional 1,063 shares during the last quarter.

The Children’s Place, Inc (The Children’s Place) is a pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Company sells apparel, accessories, footwear and other items for children in sizes 0 to 14. The Company operates through two segments: The Children’s Place U.S. and The Children’s Place International.

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