Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) was upgraded by equities research analysts at TheStreet from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, TheStreetRatingsTable reports.

Several other equities analysts also recently commented on SFS. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Smart & Final Stores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 17th. Buckingham Research initiated coverage on Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Thursday, February 7th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Finally, ValuEngine raised Smart & Final Stores from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 28th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, Smart & Final Stores presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $6.18.

Shares of SFS stock opened at $6.58 on Tuesday. Smart & Final Stores has a 12 month low of $4.45 and a 12 month high of $7.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.14, a quick ratio of 0.27 and a current ratio of 0.91. The company has a market cap of $500.25 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.93, a P/E/G ratio of 6.77 and a beta of 1.86.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 1st. The company reported ($0.04) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.05) by $0.01. Smart & Final Stores had a positive return on equity of 6.59% and a negative net margin of 2.34%. The company had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that Smart & Final Stores will post 0.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 67.9% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 7,341 shares of the company’s stock valued at $36,000 after acquiring an additional 2,969 shares during the period. Citigroup Inc. boosted its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 249.3% in the fourth quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 12,893 shares of the company’s stock valued at $61,000 after acquiring an additional 9,202 shares during the period. Gotham Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $64,000. Virtu Financial LLC bought a new stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $90,000. Finally, Jane Street Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores in the third quarter valued at approximately $120,000. 93.04% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Smart & Final Stores

Smart & Final Stores, Inc operates as a food retailer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Smart & Final and Smart Foodservice. The company's stores offer fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, such as produce, meat and deli, dairy and cheese, grocery, and beverage products, as well as paper and packaging, and restaurant equipment and janitorial supplies.

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