Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have assigned a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $62.17.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on DDS shares. TheStreet raised shares of Dillard’s from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 27th. Deutsche Bank raised their price objective on shares of Dillard’s from $55.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 26th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Dillard’s from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, January 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Dillard’s from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, January 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Dillard’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $72.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 16th.

In related news, VP Mike Litchford sold 1,060 shares of Dillard’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $73.81, for a total transaction of $78,238.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,932 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $142,600.92. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 19.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in DDS. Quantamental Technologies LLC bought a new position in Dillard’s during the 4th quarter valued at about $96,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Dillard’s by 17.7% during the 4th quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 2,163 shares of the company’s stock valued at $130,000 after purchasing an additional 326 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC lifted its holdings in Dillard’s by 88.0% during the 3rd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 2,510 shares of the company’s stock valued at $192,000 after purchasing an additional 1,175 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its holdings in Dillard’s by 28.8% during the 4th quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 3,390 shares of the company’s stock valued at $204,000 after purchasing an additional 758 shares during the last quarter. Finally, AlphaCrest Capital Management LLC bought a new position in Dillard’s during the 4th quarter valued at about $205,000. 89.79% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NYSE:DDS opened at $75.38 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $1.98 billion, a PE ratio of 11.98, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.92. Dillard’s has a 52 week low of $55.73 and a 52 week high of $98.75. The company has a quick ratio of 0.26, a current ratio of 1.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34.

Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 25th. The company reported $3.22 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.63 by $0.59. The company had revenue of $2.01 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.03 billion. Dillard’s had a net margin of 2.63% and a return on equity of 10.22%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $2.82 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Dillard’s will post 5.53 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 6th. Investors of record on Friday, March 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.53%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 28th. Dillard’s’s dividend payout ratio is currently 6.54%.

About Dillard’s

Dillard's, Inc operates retail department stores primarily in the Southeastern, Southwestern, and Midwestern areas of the United States. The company's stores offer a selection of merchandise, including fashion apparel for women, men, and children; accessories; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods.

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