Smart & Final Stores Inc. (NYSE:SFS) CEO David G. Hirz sold 5,029 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.74, for a total value of $64,069.46. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 154,470 shares in the company, valued at $1,967,947.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Smart & Final Stores Inc. (NYSE:SFS) opened at 12.45 on Monday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $13.62 and a 200 day moving average price of $15.15. The stock has a market cap of $920.09 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.83 and a beta of 0.05. Smart & Final Stores Inc. has a 12-month low of $12.16 and a 12-month high of $18.67.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.01. The firm earned $1.04 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.05 billion. Smart & Final Stores had a return on equity of 8.36% and a net margin of 0.67%. The firm’s revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.22 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Smart & Final Stores Inc. will post $0.56 EPS for the current year.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. GW&K Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Smart & Final Stores by 12.0% in the second quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC now owns 191,587 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,853,000 after buying an additional 20,552 shares during the last quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 11.5% in the first quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. now owns 320,457 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,191,000 after buying an additional 32,974 shares in the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 49.9% in the first quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 7,347 shares of the company’s stock valued at $119,000 after buying an additional 2,446 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 31.2% in the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 129,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,104,000 after buying an additional 30,900 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 2.9% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 183,002 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,964,000 after buying an additional 5,219 shares in the last quarter. 98.43% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

SFS has been the topic of a number of research reports. Deutsche Bank AG decreased their price target on Smart & Final Stores from $20.00 to $17.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 29th. RBC Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price target on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research note on Friday, July 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Smart & Final Stores from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 7th. TheStreet upgraded Smart & Final Stores from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 2nd. Finally, Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on Smart & Final Stores from $18.00 to $15.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, August 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $17.64.

About Smart & Final Stores

Smart & Final Stores, Inc is a food retailer. The Company serves household and business customers through approximately two store banners, including Smart & Final and Cash & Carry. The Company operates through two business segments: Smart & Final and Cash & Carry. The Smart & Final segment is based in Commerce, California and includes over 90 legacy Smart & Final stores and approximately 130 Extra! format stores, which focus on household and business customers and are located in California, Arizona and Nevada.

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