Investors bought shares of Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) on weakness during trading on Monday. $67.77 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $39.01 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $28.76 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Ross Stores had the 8th highest net in-flow for the day. Ross Stores traded down ($0.61) for the day and closed at $64.45

ROST has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Vetr downgraded Ross Stores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $65.00 target price for the company. in a report on Monday, August 15th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $57.00 price target (up previously from $51.00) on shares of Ross Stores in a research note on Friday. Miller Tabak started coverage on Ross Stores in a research note on Friday, June 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $66.00 price target for the company. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Ross Stores in a research note on Tuesday, June 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Ross Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $64.50.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $60.50 and a 200-day moving average of $57.07. The company has a market cap of $25.37 billion and a PE ratio of 24.53.

Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 18th. The apparel retailer reported $0.71 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.04. The business earned $3.18 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.13 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.63 EPS. Ross Stores’s revenue was up 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Ross Stores Inc. will post $2.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.135 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 31st. This represents a $0.54 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.84%.

In other Ross Stores news, Director George Orban sold 56,000 shares of Ross Stores stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $57.52, for a total transaction of $3,221,120.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 506,750 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $29,148,260. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Chairman Michael Balmuth sold 194,984 shares of Ross Stores stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.45, for a total transaction of $10,421,894.80. Following the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 61,548 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,289,740.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Ross Stores by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,063,422 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $57,228,000 after buying an additional 38,006 shares in the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its position in Ross Stores by 82.3% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 317,493 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $17,085,000 after buying an additional 143,297 shares in the last quarter. KBC Group NV boosted its position in Ross Stores by 7.7% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 45,181 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $2,431,000 after buying an additional 3,232 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its position in Ross Stores by 10.5% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 1,397,248 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $75,185,000 after buying an additional 133,287 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Calvert Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in Ross Stores by 28.4% in the fourth quarter. Calvert Investment Management Inc. now owns 20,073 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $1,080,000 after buying an additional 4,443 shares in the last quarter.

Ross Stores, Inc is an off-price retailer of name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family. The Company operates two brands of off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores, Ross Dress for Less (Ross) and dd’s DISCOUNTS. As of December 31, 2014, the Company operated 1,210 Ross locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, and 152 dd’s DISCOUNTS stores in 15 states.

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