Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Wednesday morning. The brokerage currently has $9.00 target price on the specialty retailer’s stock.

According to Zacks, “J.Jill, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of womens apparel. The Company offers sweaters, tops, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, sleepwear and accessories. It markets through retail stores, website and catalog. J.Jill, Inc. is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. “

Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Jefferies Group set a $13.00 target price on J.Jill and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Morgan Stanley lowered J.Jill from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. ValuEngine lowered J.Jill from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. SunTrust Banks lowered J.Jill from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lowered J.Jill from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $14.80.

J.Jill (JILL) opened at $8.49 on Wednesday. J.Jill has a 52-week low of $4.74 and a 52-week high of $14.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $358.73 and a P/E ratio of 11.08. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 0.48.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.04. J.Jill had a return on equity of 23.68% and a net margin of 4.15%. The firm had revenue of $162.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $156.20 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that J.Jill will post 0.74 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Paula Bennett acquired 25,000 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 14th. The stock was bought at an average price of $7.28 per share, with a total value of $182,000.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO David Biese acquired 12,500 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $7.28 per share, with a total value of $91,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 533,758 shares in the company, valued at $3,885,758.24. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 8.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. B. Riley Financial Inc. purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 3rd quarter valued at $109,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 2nd quarter valued at $110,000. Acadian Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 4th quarter valued at $114,000. Rhumbline Advisers purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 2nd quarter valued at $135,000. Finally, Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 4th quarter valued at $140,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 34.99% of the company’s stock.

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J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs.

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