National Vision Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:EYE) SVP John Vaught sold 48,611 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.11, for a total value of $1,463,677.21. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Shares of NASDAQ:EYE traded down $1.25 on Wednesday, hitting $28.77. 1,516,600 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 788,656. National Vision Holdings Inc has a 12 month low of $25.60 and a 12 month high of $46.63. The company has a market capitalization of $2.36 billion, a PE ratio of 63.93, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.30 and a beta of 1.43. The stock’s 50 day simple moving average is $30.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 0.94 and a quick ratio of 0.57.

National Vision (NASDAQ:EYE) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 6th. The company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.21 by ($0.01). National Vision had a return on equity of 6.30% and a net margin of 0.92%. The business had revenue of $429.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $423.27 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.21 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, research analysts anticipate that National Vision Holdings Inc will post 0.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. LPL Financial LLC lifted its position in shares of National Vision by 11.6% during the second quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 10,247 shares of the company’s stock worth $315,000 after purchasing an additional 1,068 shares during the last quarter. Southeast Asset Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of National Vision by 4.4% during the second quarter. Southeast Asset Advisors Inc. now owns 27,110 shares of the company’s stock worth $833,000 after purchasing an additional 1,150 shares during the last quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System lifted its position in shares of National Vision by 10.4% during the first quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 14,019 shares of the company’s stock worth $441,000 after purchasing an additional 1,320 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio bought a new stake in shares of National Vision during the second quarter worth $46,000. Finally, Aperio Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of National Vision during the second quarter worth $59,000.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on EYE. Zacks Investment Research upgraded National Vision from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $31.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 29th. TheStreet upgraded National Vision from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 26th. Loop Capital upgraded National Vision from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $30.00 to $37.00 in a research report on Wednesday, August 7th. ValuEngine upgraded National Vision from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 1st. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on National Vision in a research report on Thursday, July 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $33.00 price target for the company. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $42.40.

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, and optical accessory products, as well as eye exams through its America's Best, Eyeglass World, Vista Optical, and Vista Optical Military, as well as Vision Center brand stores; and provides health maintenance organization, vision care benefit plan, and optometric services.

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