Shares of Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES) traded down 5.6% during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as low as $17.85 and last traded at $17.94. 1,641,276 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 17% from the average session volume of 1,399,358 shares. The stock had previously closed at $19.01.

Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Guess? from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $22.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. ValuEngine cut shares of Guess? from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, April 11th. Telsey Advisory Group restated a “market perform” rating and set a $19.00 price target (down from $22.00) on shares of Guess? in a report on Tuesday, April 23rd. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of Guess? from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, February 7th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $21.67.

The company has a current ratio of 2.00, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04. The firm has a market cap of $1.47 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.87 and a beta of 0.23.

Guess? (NYSE:GES) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, March 20th. The company reported $0.70 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.05). Guess? had a net margin of 0.54% and a return on equity of 9.39%. The company had revenue of $837.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $831.15 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.62 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts forecast that Guess?, Inc. will post 1.18 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, April 18th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, April 3rd were issued a dividend of $0.225 per share. This represents a $0.90 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.99%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, April 2nd. Guess?’s dividend payout ratio is currently 91.84%.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Jefferies Group LLC boosted its holdings in Guess? by 196.1% in the first quarter. Jefferies Group LLC now owns 112,262 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,200,000 after purchasing an additional 74,346 shares in the last quarter. Oxford Asset Management LLP bought a new stake in Guess? in the first quarter worth $1,270,000. Ellington Management Group LLC bought a new stake in Guess? in the first quarter worth $3,069,000. Hsbc Holdings PLC boosted its holdings in Guess? by 15.2% in the first quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC now owns 20,832 shares of the company’s stock worth $408,000 after purchasing an additional 2,751 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in Guess? by 9.4% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 662,284 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,980,000 after purchasing an additional 57,069 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 70.49% of the company’s stock.

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Guess? Company Profile (NYSE:GES)

Guess?, Inc designs, markets, distributes, and licenses lifestyle collections of apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. It operates through five segments: Americas Retail, Americas Wholesale, Europe, Asia, and Licensing. The company's clothing collection includes jeans, pants, skirts, dresses, shorts, blouses, shirts, jackets, knitwear, and intimate apparel.

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