Investors sold shares of The TJX Cos. (NYSE:TJX) on strength during trading on Friday. $28.17 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $72.51 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $44.34 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, The TJX Cos. had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. The TJX Cos. traded up $0.48 for the day and closed at $81.72

Several analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of The TJX Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of The TJX Cos. in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Vetr upgraded shares of The TJX Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.66 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, April 11th. MKM Partners restated a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 target price on shares of The TJX Cos. in a report on Thursday, May 19th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein boosted their target price on shares of The TJX Cos. from $82.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 18th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-one have issued a buy rating to the company. The TJX Cos. currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $83.30.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $77.79 and its 200-day moving average price is $75.38. The stock has a market capitalization of $54.02 billion and a P/E ratio of 24.01.

The TJX Cos. (NYSE:TJX) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, May 17th. The apparel and home fashions retailer reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.71 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $7.54 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.29 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.69 earnings per share. The TJX Cos.’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that The TJX Cos. will post $3.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 11th will be paid a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.27%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 9th.

In other The TJX Cos. news, CEO Ernie Herrman sold 24,776 shares of The TJX Cos. stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.40, for a total transaction of $1,868,110.40. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 444,661 shares in the company, valued at $33,527,439.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Carol Meyrowitz sold 64,160 shares of The TJX Cos. stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.56, for a total transaction of $4,912,089.60. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 336,231 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $25,741,845.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted its stake in shares of The TJX Cos. by 34.7% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 62,052 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $4,400,000 after buying an additional 15,979 shares in the last quarter. Alta Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of The TJX Cos. by 3.9% in the fourth quarter. Alta Capital Management LLC now owns 572,868 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $40,622,000 after buying an additional 21,508 shares in the last quarter. Hamilton Point Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of The TJX Cos. by 7.5% in the fourth quarter. Hamilton Point Investment Advisors LLC now owns 34,300 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $2,432,000 after buying an additional 2,405 shares in the last quarter. Bank of The Ozarks boosted its stake in shares of The TJX Cos. by 30.1% in the fourth quarter. Bank of The Ozarks now owns 17,109 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $1,213,000 after buying an additional 3,960 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of The TJX Cos. by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 41,772,762 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $2,962,106,000 after buying an additional 550,369 shares in the last quarter.

The TJX Companies, Inc (TJX) is an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and across the world. The Company operates through four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada and TJX International. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls chains in the United States are collectively the off-price retailer in the United States with a total of approximately 2,163 stores.

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