J.Jill Inc (NYSE:JILL)’s share price traded up 5.5% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $8.54 and last traded at $8.50. 520,200 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 9% from the average session volume of 475,388 shares. The stock had previously closed at $8.06.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Morgan Stanley downgraded J.Jill from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Royal Bank of Canada downgraded J.Jill from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. SunTrust Banks downgraded J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Jefferies Group set a $13.00 target price on J.Jill and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. J.Jill presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $15.00.

The firm has a market cap of $371.86 and a PE ratio of 13.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63, a quick ratio of 0.48 and a current ratio of 1.27.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $162.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $156.20 million. J.Jill had a return on equity of 23.68% and a net margin of 4.15%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that J.Jill Inc will post 0.75 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Paula Bennett purchased 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $7.28 per share, with a total value of $182,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CFO David Biese purchased 12,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $7.28 per share, for a total transaction of $91,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 533,758 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,885,758.24. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 8.70% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth $110,000. B. Riley Financial Inc. bought a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 3rd quarter worth $109,000. Rhumbline Advisers bought a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth $135,000. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC bought a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth $168,000. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of J.Jill during the 2nd quarter worth $248,000. 31.28% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs.

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