Media headlines about Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stage Stores earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.5390820178985 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) opened at $1.68 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 0.28 and a current ratio of 2.27. Stage Stores has a 52-week low of $1.45 and a 52-week high of $4.60. The firm has a market cap of $46.41, a P/E ratio of -0.93 and a beta of 1.29.

Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported ($0.64) EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.69) by $0.05. Stage Stores had a negative return on equity of 8.67% and a negative net margin of 3.33%. The firm had revenue of $357.24 million for the quarter. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned ($0.57) EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Stage Stores will post -1.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 13th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 28th were paid a $0.05 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 27th. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 11.90%. Stage Stores’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -11.05%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on SSI. ValuEngine raised shares of Stage Stores from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Stage Stores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, B. Riley set a $1.00 target price on shares of Stage Stores and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have given a hold rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $1.50.

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About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc operates specialty department stores mainly in small and mid-sized towns and communities. The Company’s department stores offer a range of brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. The Company operates approximately 830 specialty department stores in over 40 states under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES and STAGE nameplates and a direct-to-consumer business.

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