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Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, August 29th, American Banking and Market News reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 12th will be given a dividend of 0.17 per share on Friday, September 26th. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.44%.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on BIG shares. Analysts at KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Thursday. They now have a $55.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $53.00. On the ratings front, analysts at Benchmark Co. raised their price target on shares of Big Lots from $49.00 to $53.00 in a research note on Tuesday. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on shares of Big Lots from $46.00 to $53.00 in a research note on Friday, August 8th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $48.08.

Shares of Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) opened at 47.20 on Friday. Big Lots has a 1-year low of $25.50 and a 1-year high of $48.52. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $45.26 and its 200-day moving average is $39.97. The company has a market cap of $2.618 billion and a P/E ratio of 28.80.

Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, August 29th. The company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $1.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.20 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.31 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Big Lots will post $2.48 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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