J.Jill (JILL) Trading Down 5.3%

J.Jill Inc (NYSE:JILL)’s share price was down 5.3% during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $4.25 and last traded at $4.25. Approximately 514,867 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 4% from the average daily volume of 495,564 shares. The stock had previously closed at $4.49.

Several equities analysts have commented on JILL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of J.Jill from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $6.75 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, January 22nd. ValuEngine raised shares of J.Jill from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 6th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of J.Jill from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $7.29.

The company has a market capitalization of $194.99 million, a PE ratio of 5.90, a P/E/G ratio of 0.60 and a beta of 1.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a current ratio of 1.70.



J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, March 6th. The specialty retailer reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.03 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $170.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $170.91 million. J.Jill had a net margin of 4.32% and a return on equity of 15.56%. The business’s revenue was down 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.13 EPS. On average, research analysts predict that J.Jill Inc will post 0.69 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, insider David Biese sold 171,429 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $6.85, for a total value of $1,174,288.65. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 362,329 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,481,953.65. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 9.10% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY increased its position in shares of J.Jill by 39.8% in the first quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,488,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $8,169,000 after acquiring an additional 423,800 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of J.Jill by 35.7% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,386,981 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $7,615,000 after acquiring an additional 364,663 shares in the last quarter. J. Goldman & Co LP increased its position in shares of J.Jill by 228.1% in the first quarter. J. Goldman & Co LP now owns 1,008,985 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $5,539,000 after acquiring an additional 701,487 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of J.Jill by 2.8% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,000,688 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $5,494,000 after acquiring an additional 26,943 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Prudential Financial Inc. increased its position in shares of J.Jill by 8.9% in the fourth quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 709,704 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,783,000 after acquiring an additional 58,205 shares in the last quarter. 25.22% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About J.Jill (NYSE:JILL)

J.Jill, Inc operates as an omnichannel retailer for women's apparel under the J.Jill brand name in the United States. The company offers knit and woven tops, bottoms, and dresses, as well as sweaters and outerwear; and complementary footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry, and hosiery.

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