Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) had its price target upped by equities research analysts at Buckingham Research from $71.00 to $72.00 in a research note issued to investors on Friday. The brokerage presently has a “neutral” rating on the apparel retailer’s stock. Buckingham Research’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 9.61% from the company’s previous close.

Several other brokerages have also issued reports on ROST. Telsey Advisory Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Ross Stores in a research note on Friday. SunTrust Banks, Inc. set a $80.00 price target on shares of Ross Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and set a $70.00 price target (up previously from $62.00) on shares of Ross Stores in a research note on Friday. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Ross Stores from $70.00 to $77.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday. Finally, Nomura lifted their price objective on shares of Ross Stores from $74.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $72.48.

Shares of Ross Stores (NASDAQ ROST) traded up $1.08 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $65.69. 4,665,700 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,934,564. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a quick ratio of 0.76 and a current ratio of 1.64. Ross Stores has a 12 month low of $52.85 and a 12 month high of $69.81. The stock has a market cap of $27,860.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.32, a P/E/G ratio of 2.00 and a beta of 1.09.

Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The apparel retailer reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.05. Ross Stores had a net margin of 8.87% and a return on equity of 42.95%. The company had revenue of $3.33 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.26 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.62 EPS. Ross Stores’s quarterly revenue was up 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Ross Stores will post 3.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other Ross Stores news, insider Brian R. Morrow sold 6,157 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.30, for a total value of $402,052.10. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Barbara Rentler sold 15,492 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.00, for a total transaction of $945,012.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of ROST. Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new position in shares of Ross Stores in the second quarter worth approximately $202,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund lifted its position in Ross Stores by 5.2% during the second quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 111,731 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $6,450,000 after purchasing an additional 5,500 shares during the period. LS Investment Advisors LLC lifted its position in Ross Stores by 8.7% during the second quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 11,237 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $649,000 after purchasing an additional 897 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System lifted its position in Ross Stores by 0.4% during the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 24,300 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $1,403,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the period. Finally, Alpha Windward LLC lifted its position in Ross Stores by 45.1% during the second quarter. Alpha Windward LLC now owns 4,314 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $249,000 after purchasing an additional 1,340 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.51% of the company’s stock.

About Ross Stores

Ross Stores, Inc and its subsidiaries operate two brands of off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores-Ross Dress for Less (Ross) and dd’s DISCOUNTS. The Company is the off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States, with 1,340 locations in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, as of January 28, 2017.

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