Traders sold shares of The TJX Cos. (NYSE:TJX) on strength during trading on Monday. $30.69 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $64.93 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $34.24 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 $0.44 for the day and closed at $82.87

TJX has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered The TJX Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 19th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 target price on shares of The TJX Cos. in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Wells Fargo & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of The TJX Cos. in a research note on Monday, June 27th. Citigroup Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $88.00 price objective on shares of The TJX Cos. in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, MKM Partners restated a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price objective on shares of The TJX Cos. in a research note on Thursday, May 19th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $83.89.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $79.48 and its 200 day moving average is $76.48. The stock has a market cap of $53.32 billion and a P/E ratio of 23.70.

The TJX Cos. (NYSE:TJX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 16th. The apparel and home fashions retailer reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $7.88 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $7.85 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.80 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that The TJX Cos. will post $3.48 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 11th will be paid a $0.26 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 9th. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.26%.

In other news, Chairman Carol Meyrowitz sold 64,160 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.56, for a total value of $4,912,089.60. Following the sale, the chairman now directly owns 336,231 shares in the company, valued at approximately $25,741,845.36. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Jose B. Alvarez sold 1,158 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.51, for a total value of $88,598.58. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 700 shares in the company, valued at $53,557. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in TJX. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in The TJX Cos. by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 9,381,526 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock valued at $665,244,000 after buying an additional 149,521 shares in the last quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in The TJX Cos. by 5.6% in the fourth quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. now owns 4,207,584 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $298,360,000 after buying an additional 223,909 shares during the period. Green Valley Investors LLC raised its stake in The TJX Cos. by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. Green Valley Investors LLC now owns 3,200,000 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $226,912,000 after buying an additional 200,000 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group raised its stake in The TJX Cos. by 46.7% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 2,763,070 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $195,930,000 after buying an additional 879,894 shares during the period. Finally, I.G. Investment Management LTD. raised its stake in The TJX Cos. by 49.3% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 1,655,280 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock worth $117,376,000 after buying an additional 546,739 shares during the period.

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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