J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) was downgraded by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Friday, Marketbeat reports. They presently have a $1.68 target price on the specialty retailer’s stock, down from their prior target price of $9.00. Deutsche Bank’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 19.15% from the stock’s current price.

Other analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 12th. ValuEngine raised J.Jill from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, March 18th. Finally, TheStreet lowered J.Jill from a “c” rating to a “d” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. J.Jill has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $4.77.

JILL traded up $0.02 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $1.41. 24,050 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,293,687. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a current ratio of 1.70 and a quick ratio of 0.95. The company has a market capitalization of $61.05 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 1.97, a P/E/G ratio of 0.73 and a beta of 3.08. J.Jill has a 1 year low of $1.34 and a 1 year high of $9.62.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 30th. The specialty retailer reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.07). The business had revenue of $176.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $179.93 million. J.Jill had a net margin of 3.37% and a return on equity of 11.39%. J.Jill’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.29 earnings per share. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that J.Jill will post 0.19 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider David Biese sold 171,429 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $6.85, for a total transaction of $1,174,288.65. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 362,329 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,481,953.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Company insiders own 9.10% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. J. Goldman & Co LP increased its stake in J.Jill by 228.1% in the 1st quarter. J. Goldman & Co LP now owns 1,008,985 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $5,539,000 after acquiring an additional 701,487 shares during the last quarter. Miller Howard Investments Inc. NY bought a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $2,745,000. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY increased its position in shares of J.Jill by 39.8% during the 1st quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 1,488,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $8,169,000 after purchasing an additional 423,800 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in J.Jill by 35.7% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,386,981 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $7,615,000 after acquiring an additional 364,663 shares during the period. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its holdings in J.Jill by 178.5% during the 1st quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 422,800 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $2,321,000 after acquiring an additional 271,000 shares during the period. 34.90% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc operates as an omnichannel retailer for women's apparel under the J.Jill brand name in the United States. The company offers knit and woven tops, bottoms, and dresses, as well as sweaters and outerwear; and complementary footwear and accessories, including scarves, jewelry, and hosiery.

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