J.Jill Inc (JILL) Director Michael A. Eck Acquires 10,000 Shares

J.Jill Inc (NYSE:JILL) Director Michael A. Eck purchased 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 21st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $4.53 per share, for a total transaction of $45,300.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 22,707 shares in the company, valued at $102,862.71. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of JILL stock traded up $0.06 during trading on Friday, hitting $4.43. 758,441 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,064,587. J.Jill Inc has a 12 month low of $4.18 and a 12 month high of $14.40. The stock has a market cap of $191.18 and a PE ratio of 5.53. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 1.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63.

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J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 15th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.05. J.Jill had a net margin of 7.93% and a return on equity of 24.25%. The company had revenue of $188.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $179.64 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.08 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 13.1% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that J.Jill Inc will post 0.69 earnings per share for the current year.

JILL has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of J.Jill from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday. ValuEngine lowered shares of J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $6.00 price target on shares of J.Jill in a report on Friday, March 16th. Deutsche Bank decreased their price target on shares of J.Jill from $15.00 to $5.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, March 19th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $8.00 price objective (down previously from $11.00) on shares of J.Jill in a research note on Friday, March 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. J.Jill presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.10.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in JILL. Northern Trust Corp boosted its stake in shares of J.Jill by 194.1% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 149,057 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,833,000 after purchasing an additional 98,377 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 2nd quarter valued at $2,016,000. State Street Corp purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 2nd quarter valued at $1,378,000. California State Teachers Retirement System purchased a new stake in J.Jill during the 2nd quarter valued at $257,000. Finally, Nationwide Fund Advisors boosted its position in J.Jill by 85.9% during the 3rd quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 45,231 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $493,000 after buying an additional 20,897 shares during the period. 23.97% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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J.Jill Company Profile

J.Jill, Inc (J.Jill) operates as a specialty retailer in the women’s apparel industry. J.Jill is a women’s apparel brand focused on customer in the 40-65 age segment. The Company operates an integrated omni-channel platform that is diversified across its retail stores, Website and catalogs. It operates in the retail and direct channels segment.

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