Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) had its price target lifted by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $65.00 to $71.00 in a note issued to investors on Friday. The brokerage currently has a “market perform” rating on the apparel retailer’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ target price points to a potential downside of 1.73% from the company’s previous close.

ROST has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Telsey Advisory Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Ross Stores in a report on Friday. SunTrust Banks, Inc. set a $80.00 price target on Ross Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and set a $70.00 price target (up previously from $62.00) on shares of Ross Stores in a report on Friday. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on Ross Stores from $70.00 to $77.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday. Finally, Nomura set a $80.00 price target on Ross Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Ross Stores currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $72.62.

Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) traded up $6.56 on Friday, hitting $72.25. The stock had a trading volume of 2,543,042 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,500,157. The stock has a market capitalization of $27,859.02, a P/E ratio of 23.08, a P/E/G ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 1.10. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a quick ratio of 0.76 and a current ratio of 1.64. Ross Stores has a 1 year low of $52.85 and a 1 year high of $73.94.

Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 16th. The apparel retailer reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $3.33 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.26 billion. Ross Stores had a return on equity of 43.48% and a net margin of 8.93%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.62 earnings per share. analysts expect that Ross Stores will post 3.28 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, insider Brian R. Morrow sold 6,157 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.30, for a total value of $402,052.10. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Barbara Rentler sold 15,492 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.00, for a total value of $945,012.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 2.30% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Balentine LLC boosted its position in shares of Ross Stores by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 1,775 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock worth $102,000 after purchasing an additional 5 shares in the last quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust boosted its position in shares of Ross Stores by 3.4% in the 2nd quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 1,868 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock worth $108,000 after purchasing an additional 61 shares in the last quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its position in Ross Stores by 100.0% in the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 2,000 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $115,000 after acquiring an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. Zions Bancorporation lifted its position in Ross Stores by 338.9% in the 3rd quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 2,120 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $137,000 after acquiring an additional 1,637 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Welch Group LLC lifted its position in Ross Stores by 35.2% in the 2nd quarter. Welch Group LLC now owns 2,752 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $159,000 after acquiring an additional 716 shares in the last quarter. 90.51% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Ross Stores Company Profile

Ross Stores, Inc and its subsidiaries operate two brands of off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores-Ross Dress for Less (Ross) and dd’s DISCOUNTS. The Company is the off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States, with 1,340 locations in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, as of January 28, 2017.

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