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Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) updated its FY15 earnings guidance on Wednesday. The company provided EPS guidance of $2.35-2.50 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $2.49, American Banking & Market News reports. Big Lots also updated its Q2 guidance to $0.24-0.30 EPS.

A number of research firms have recently commented on BIG. Analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated a buy rating on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Monday. They now have a $49.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $43.00. On a related note, analysts at KeyCorp reiterated a buy rating on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Tuesday, June 17th. They now have a $53.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $50.00. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a neutral rating on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Friday, June 13th. They now have a $47.00 price target on the stock. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $47.00.

Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) traded up 0.56% on Wednesday, hitting $44.85. The stock had a trading volume of 810,625 shares. Big Lots, Inc. has a one year low of $25.50 and a one year high of $46.06. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $41.40 and its 200-day moving average is $35.00. The company has a market cap of $2.488 billion and a P/E ratio of 26.79.

Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) last announced its earnings results on Friday, May 30th. The company reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $1.28 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.26 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.61 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Big Lots, Inc. will post $2.49 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Big Lots, Inc, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a North America’s closeout retailer. At January 28, 2012, the Company operated a total of 1,533 stores in two countries: the United States and Canada.

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