Buckle, Inc. (The) (NYSE:BKE) SVP Brett P. Milkie sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.02, for a total transaction of $31,530.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 32,070 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $674,111.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of Buckle, Inc. (NYSE BKE) traded down $0.15 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $21.20. 297,156 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 643,506. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,042.83, a PE ratio of 12.34 and a beta of 0.94. Buckle, Inc. has a 1 year low of $13.50 and a 1 year high of $27.10.

Buckle, Inc. (The) (NYSE:BKE) last posted its earnings results on Friday, November 17th. The company reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.40 by $0.01. Buckle, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 9.17% and a return on equity of 19.13%. The business had revenue of $224.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $224.12 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.49 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 6.2% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that Buckle, Inc. will post 1.7 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 27th. Investors of record on Friday, October 13th were paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 12th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.72%. Buckle, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 57.80%.

BKE has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “sell” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of BKE. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its stake in Buckle, Inc. (The) by 7.6% during the first quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 50,419 shares of the company’s stock valued at $938,000 after purchasing an additional 3,572 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System grew its position in shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) by 16.4% during the first quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 127,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,366,000 after acquiring an additional 17,900 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc grew its position in shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) by 1.9% during the first quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 49,004 shares of the company’s stock worth $912,000 after acquiring an additional 937 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans grew its position in shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) by 6.7% during the first quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 16,150 shares of the company’s stock worth $300,000 after acquiring an additional 1,010 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Buckle, Inc. (The) by 9.0% during the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,762,893 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,390,000 after acquiring an additional 228,149 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 60.01% of the company’s stock.

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About Buckle, Inc. (The)

The Buckle, Inc is a retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 467 retail stores in 44 states throughout the United States under the names Buckle and The Buckle. The Company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear.

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