BEST (NYSE:BSTI) announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday. The company reported ($0.05) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by ($0.03), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $1.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.05 billion. BEST updated its Q4 2018 guidance to EPS and its FY 2018 guidance to EPS.

Shares of BSTI stock traded down $0.75 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $5.19. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,470,618 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,179,669. BEST has a 52-week low of $4.67 and a 52-week high of $13.54. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.20 billion, a P/E ratio of -4.09 and a beta of -1.80.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. SG Americas Securities LLC raised its stake in shares of BEST by 64.8% in the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 20,758 shares of the company’s stock worth $254,000 after purchasing an additional 8,161 shares during the last quarter. AJ Wealth Strategies LLC grew its holdings in shares of BEST by 22.3% in the second quarter. AJ Wealth Strategies LLC now owns 53,268 shares of the company’s stock worth $651,000 after acquiring an additional 9,710 shares during the period. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new stake in shares of BEST in the first quarter worth $110,000. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd bought a new stake in shares of BEST in the first quarter worth $115,000. Finally, NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc bought a new stake in shares of BEST in the second quarter worth $159,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 18.57% of the company’s stock.

BSTI has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded BEST from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 16th. KeyCorp lowered their price objective on BEST from $13.00 to $11.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Macquarie upgraded BEST from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $8.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, September 12th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased their price target on BEST from $14.80 to $12.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, August 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. BEST has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $11.40.

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BEST Company Profile

BEST Inc operates as a smart supply chain service provider in the People's Republic of China. Its proprietary technology platform enables its ecosystem participants to operate their businesses through various SaaS-based applications. The company applies its technologies to a range of applications, such as network and route optimization, swap bodies, sorting line automation, smart warehouses, and store management.

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