Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of National Vision (NASDAQ:EYE) in a report issued on Thursday morning, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. The brokerage issued a buy rating and a $33.00 price objective on the stock.

EYE has been the topic of several other research reports. Guggenheim reissued a buy rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of National Vision in a research note on Thursday, May 9th. TheStreet raised Stitch Fix from a d rating to a c- rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised Hudson Technologies from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 29th. Loop Capital started coverage on National Vision in a research note on Thursday, June 13th. They set a hold rating and a $26.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Berenberg Bank reissued a hold rating and set a GBX 300 ($3.92) target price on shares of Forterra in a research note on Wednesday, May 29th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. National Vision has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $42.00.

Shares of National Vision stock opened at $31.42 on Thursday. National Vision has a 52 week low of $25.60 and a 52 week high of $46.63. The company has a fifty day simple moving average of $29.38. The firm has a market cap of $2.46 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 52.37, a PEG ratio of 3.24 and a beta of 1.43. The company has a current ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17.

National Vision (NASDAQ:EYE) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 9th. The company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.02. National Vision had a return on equity of 6.29% and a net margin of 1.12%. The business had revenue of $461.22 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $455.42 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.35 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 13.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, research analysts expect that National Vision will post 0.52 earnings per share for the current year.

In other National Vision news, CEO L Reade Fahs sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.60, for a total transaction of $266,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Jeff Busbee sold 50,744 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.60, for a total value of $1,451,278.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 128,657 shares of company stock worth $3,572,511. 2.60% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Riverbridge Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of National Vision in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $31,247,000. First Trust Advisors LP acquired a new stake in shares of National Vision in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $405,000. Clearbridge Investments LLC lifted its holdings in shares of National Vision by 63.4% in the 1st quarter. Clearbridge Investments LLC now owns 2,388,246 shares of the company’s stock valued at $75,063,000 after buying an additional 926,226 shares during the period. Marshall Wace LLP acquired a new stake in shares of National Vision in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $542,000. Finally, Jennison Associates LLC lifted its holdings in shares of National Vision by 28.3% in the 1st quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 466,843 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,673,000 after buying an additional 102,863 shares during the period.

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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