News coverage about Smart (NYSE:SFS) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Smart earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 44.96247546455 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Smart (SFS) traded down 1.31% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $7.55. 825,475 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $8.30 and a 200 day moving average of $11.66. The company has a market capitalization of $558.86 million, a P/E ratio of 62.92 and a beta of 0.28. Smart has a 1-year low of $7.30 and a 1-year high of $15.45.

Smart (NYSE:SFS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $1.08 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.08 billion. Smart had a net margin of 0.21% and a return on equity of 4.14%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.20 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Smart will post $0.49 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on SFS shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Smart from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 19th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of Smart in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. Loop Capital started coverage on shares of Smart in a research note on Monday, May 15th. They set a “buy” rating and a $17.00 price target on the stock. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “underweight” rating and set a $8.00 price target (down previously from $11.00) on shares of Smart in a research note on Monday, June 19th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Smart from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $18.83.

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In related news, EVP Scott R. Drew sold 21,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.02, for a total value of $273,420.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 64,648 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $841,716.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Michael A. Mortensen sold 26,980 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.42, for a total value of $362,071.60. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 48,191 shares in the company, valued at $646,723.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 101,940 shares of company stock worth $1,097,389 over the last ninety days. 8.47% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Smart Company Profile

Smart & Final Stores, Inc is a food retailer. The Company is engaged in the business of selling fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, together with foodservice, packaging and janitorial products. The Company operates through two segments: Smart & Final, and Cash and Carry. The Smart & Final segment focuses on both household and business customers.

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