J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) had its target price lowered by Morgan Stanley from $7.00 to $2.00 in a research note issued to investors on Friday, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. Morgan Stanley currently has an equal weight rating on the specialty retailer’s stock.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on JILL. ValuEngine upgraded J.Jill from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, March 18th. TheStreet upgraded J.Jill from a d+ rating to a c rating in a report on Wednesday, March 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut J.Jill from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, March 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $4.77.

NYSE:JILL opened at $1.39 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a current ratio of 1.70 and a quick ratio of 0.95. J.Jill has a 12-month low of $1.34 and a 12-month high of $9.62. The stock has a market cap of $65.00 million, a P/E ratio of 1.93, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.73 and a beta of 3.08.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 30th. The specialty retailer reported $0.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.07). J.Jill had a return on equity of 11.39% and a net margin of 3.37%. The business had revenue of $176.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $179.93 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.29 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research 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 the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $6.85, for a total value of $1,174,288.65. Following the completion of the sale, 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 filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Company insiders own 9.10% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC lifted its stake in shares of J.Jill by 24.0% in the 1st quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC now owns 15,500 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $85,000 after purchasing an additional 3,000 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP lifted its stake in shares of J.Jill by 18.7% in the 4th quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 25,236 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $135,000 after purchasing an additional 3,975 shares during the last quarter. Globeflex Capital L P lifted its stake in shares of J.Jill by 17.9% in the 1st quarter. Globeflex Capital L P now owns 26,986 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $148,000 after purchasing an additional 4,103 shares during the last quarter. Cigna Investments Inc. New lifted its stake in shares of J.Jill by 34.4% in the 1st quarter. Cigna Investments Inc. New now owns 18,608 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $102,000 after purchasing an additional 4,762 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of J.Jill by 8.3% in the 4th quarter. Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC now owns 62,507 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $333,000 after purchasing an additional 4,772 shares during the last quarter. 34.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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