National Vision Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:EYE) SVP John Vaught sold 26,477 shares of National Vision stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.32, for a total value of $1,146,983.64. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of NASDAQ:EYE traded up $0.47 during trading on Thursday, reaching $44.62. The stock had a trading volume of 23,830 shares, compared to its average volume of 340,948. National Vision Holdings Inc has a 52 week low of $27.19 and a 52 week high of $46.63. The company has a current ratio of 1.05, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.32 billion and a P/E ratio of 84.18.

National Vision (NASDAQ:EYE) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, August 14th. The company reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.04. National Vision had a net margin of 4.68% and a return on equity of 7.47%. The company had revenue of $385.53 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $371.40 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.12 earnings per share. National Vision’s quarterly revenue was up 14.2% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that National Vision Holdings Inc will post 0.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of EYE. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its position in National Vision by 41.8% in the 2nd quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 6,547 shares of the company’s stock worth $239,000 after purchasing an additional 1,931 shares during the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC raised its position in National Vision by 69.8% in the 1st quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 10,892 shares of the company’s stock worth $352,000 after purchasing an additional 4,479 shares during the last quarter. Barclays PLC raised its position in National Vision by 225.9% in the 1st quarter. Barclays PLC now owns 9,490 shares of the company’s stock worth $307,000 after purchasing an additional 6,578 shares during the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new position in National Vision in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $249,000. Finally, American International Group Inc. raised its position in National Vision by 57.6% in the 1st quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 19,487 shares of the company’s stock worth $630,000 after purchasing an additional 7,119 shares during the last quarter.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on EYE shares. Zacks Investment Research raised National Vision from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 30th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of National Vision from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 2nd. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their target price on shares of National Vision from $40.00 to $45.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, July 30th. Jefferies Financial Group set a $45.00 target price on shares of National Vision and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of National Vision from $42.00 to $49.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 15th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. National Vision presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $44.00.

National Vision Company Profile

National Vision Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an optical retailer primarily in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Owned & Host and Legacy. It offers eyeglasses and contact lenses under the America's Best, Eyeglass World, Walmart Vision Center, Vista Optical Fred Meyer, and Vista Optical Military brand stores, as well as provides optometric services.

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