Media coverage about Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Chico’s FAS earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.4345588741547 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

CHS has been the topic of a number of research reports. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of Chico’s FAS in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 target price (down previously from $16.00) on shares of Chico’s FAS in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. Citigroup reissued a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 target price (down previously from $13.00) on shares of Chico’s FAS in a research report on Friday, September 1st. SunTrust Banks set a $12.00 target price on shares of Chico’s FAS and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Chico’s FAS in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.91.

Shares of Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) opened at $8.83 on Friday. Chico’s FAS has a 1-year low of $6.96 and a 1-year high of $16.85. The firm has a market cap of $1,147.69, a PE ratio of 13.40, a PEG ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09, a current ratio of 1.86 and a quick ratio of 0.88.

Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 21st. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.13. Chico’s FAS had a net margin of 3.77% and a return on equity of 13.98%. The business had revenue of $532.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $534.77 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.20 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 10.8% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Chico’s FAS will post 0.64 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 18th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 4th will be issued a $0.0825 dividend. This represents a $0.33 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.74%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 1st. Chico’s FAS’s dividend payout ratio is currently 49.25%.

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About Chico’s FAS

Chico’s FAS, Inc is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores.

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