Shares of Kohl's Co. (NYSE:KSS) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-four analysts that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $44.00.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on KSS. Credit Suisse Group raised their price objective on Kohl's from $39.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 14th. Cowen restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $42.00 price objective (down from $43.00) on shares of Kohl's in a research note on Friday, August 11th. UBS restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $38.00 price objective on shares of Kohl's in a research note on Monday, August 14th. Robert W. Baird restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $43.00 price objective on shares of Kohl's in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kohl's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, October 16th.

Shares of Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) traded up $0.27 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $47.97. The stock had a trading volume of 6,453,699 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,473,681. Kohl's has a 1 year low of $35.16 and a 1 year high of $59.67. The stock has a market capitalization of $7,756.36, a PE ratio of 12.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a quick ratio of 0.30 and a current ratio of 1.63.

Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.72 by ($0.02). Kohl's had a return on equity of 12.72% and a net margin of 3.47%. The firm had revenue of $4.33 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.30 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.80 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .1% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Kohl's will post 3.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 20th. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 6th will be given a dividend of $0.55 per share. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.59%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 5th. Kohl's’s dividend payout ratio is currently 58.36%.

In related news, Director Jonas Prising purchased 4,725 shares of Kohl's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $42.35 per share, for a total transaction of $200,103.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 8,661 shares in the company, valued at $366,793.35. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 1.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Balyasny Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Kohl's by 28,709.6% in the second quarter. Balyasny Asset Management LLC now owns 1,667,786 shares of the company’s stock valued at $64,493,000 after buying an additional 1,661,997 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp increased its position in shares of Kohl's by 34.9% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 5,400,841 shares of the company’s stock valued at $208,851,000 after buying an additional 1,396,006 shares in the last quarter. Alyeska Investment Group L.P. purchased a new stake in shares of Kohl's in the third quarter valued at approximately $46,574,000. Royal Bank of Canada increased its position in shares of Kohl's by 220.4% in the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 460,527 shares of the company’s stock valued at $17,810,000 after buying an additional 843,101 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its position in shares of Kohl's by 115.2% in the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 1,220,851 shares of the company’s stock valued at $47,210,000 after buying an additional 653,659 shares in the last quarter.

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Kohl's Company Profile

Kohl’s Corporation (Kohl’s) is an operator of department stores. The Company operates approximately 1,154 Kohl’s department stores, a Website (www.Kohls.com), approximately 12 FILA outlets, and approximately three Off-Aisle clearance centers. The Company’s stores and Website sell moderately-priced private label and national brand apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty and home products.

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