New York State Common Retirement Fund lessened its stake in CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS) by 0.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 9,100 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 1 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned about 0.10% of CSS Industries worth $238,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Brandes Investment Partners LP raised its position in CSS Industries by 183.7% in the second quarter. Brandes Investment Partners LP now owns 91,134 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $2,514,000 after purchasing an additional 59,013 shares in the last quarter. First Manhattan Co. raised its position in CSS Industries by 48.8% in the second quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 137,255 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,590,000 after purchasing an additional 45,000 shares in the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC raised its position in CSS Industries by 26.7% in the second quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 41,207 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,078,000 after purchasing an additional 8,688 shares in the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its position in CSS Industries by 24.2% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 23,548 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $616,000 after purchasing an additional 4,592 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Kennedy Capital Management Inc. raised its position in CSS Industries by 55.6% in the second quarter. Kennedy Capital Management Inc. now owns 57,273 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,498,000 after purchasing an additional 20,463 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 81.09% of the company’s stock.

Separately, TheStreet raised shares of CSS Industries from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th.

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CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE CSS) opened at $27.37 on Wednesday. CSS Industries, Inc. has a 52-week low of $23.16 and a 52-week high of $30.29. The stock has a market cap of $247.20, a PE ratio of 23.19 and a beta of 1.06.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st will be given a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.92%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. CSS Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.24%.

CSS Industries Company Profile

CSS Industries, Inc is a consumer products company, which is engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution and sale of non-durable all occasion and seasonal social expression products, principally to mass market retailers in the United States and Canada. The Company’s occasion and seasonal products include classroom exchange Valentines, infant products, journals, buttons, gift wrap, floral accessories, craft and educational products, Easter egg dyes and novelties, memory books, scrapbooks, stickers, stationery and other items.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for CSS Industries (NYSE:CSS)

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