News headlines about Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Chico’s FAS earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.0122380980693 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Chico’s FAS stock traded up $0.08 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $10.07. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,409,040 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,836,572. The company has a market cap of $1.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.81, a P/E/G ratio of 1.51 and a beta of 0.75. The company has a current ratio of 1.88, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08. Chico’s FAS has a 52-week low of $6.96 and a 52-week high of $10.90.

Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 30th. The specialty retailer reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.26 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $561.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $551.99 million. Chico’s FAS had a return on equity of 12.82% and a net margin of 4.26%. The firm’s revenue was down 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.25 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Chico’s FAS will post 0.64 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 1st. Investors of record on Monday, September 17th will be paid a $0.085 dividend. This represents a $0.34 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 14th. Chico’s FAS’s dividend payout ratio is currently 50.00%.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. TheStreet raised Chico’s FAS from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, May 21st. Telsey Advisory Group reduced their target price on Chico’s FAS from $11.00 to $9.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, May 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised Chico’s FAS from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 8th. ValuEngine raised Chico’s FAS from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 6th. Finally, B. Riley reduced their price objective on Chico’s FAS from $14.00 to $12.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.88.

Chico’s FAS Company Profile

Chico's FAS, Inc operates as an omni-channel specialty retailer of women's private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, and complementary accessories. The company's portfolio of brands consists of the Chico's, White House Black Market (WHBM), and Soma. The Chico's brand primarily sells private branded clothing focusing on women 45 and older.

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