Aperio Group LLC lifted its holdings in Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) by 14.5% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 58,411 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after acquiring an additional 7,416 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Chico’s FAS were worth $523,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in Chico’s FAS by 21.4% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 15,134,008 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $142,563,000 after purchasing an additional 2,671,543 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its position in Chico’s FAS by 7.4% during the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 8,168,254 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $76,945,000 after purchasing an additional 562,990 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in Chico’s FAS by 8.0% during the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 7,333,568 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $69,082,000 after purchasing an additional 542,757 shares during the period. State Street Corp lifted its position in Chico’s FAS by 5.3% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 5,139,633 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $48,417,000 after purchasing an additional 256,414 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its position in Chico’s FAS by 8.3% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 3,547,401 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $33,415,000 after purchasing an additional 270,838 shares during the period.

Chico’s FAS, Inc. (CHS) opened at $8.36 on Friday. Chico’s FAS, Inc. has a 52 week low of $6.96 and a 52 week high of $16.85. The company has a quick ratio of 0.89, a current ratio of 1.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,068.45, a P/E ratio of 12.48, a PEG ratio of 0.89 and a beta of 0.69.

Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 21st. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.13. Chico’s FAS had a return on equity of 13.98% and a net margin of 3.77%. The company had revenue of $532.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $534.77 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.20 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 10.8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Chico’s FAS, Inc. will post 0.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 18th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 4th will be paid a $0.0825 dividend. This represents a $0.33 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.95%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 1st. Chico’s FAS’s dividend payout ratio is currently 49.25%.

Several research firms recently weighed in on CHS. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Chico’s FAS in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $8.00 price objective (up previously from $7.00) on shares of Chico’s FAS in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. KeyCorp reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Chico’s FAS in a report on Thursday, November 16th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $12.00 target price on shares of Chico’s FAS in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Chico’s FAS from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 12th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Chico’s FAS has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.91.

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Chico’s FAS Profile

Chico’s FAS, Inc is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Chico`s FAS (NYSE:CHS)

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