Analysts at DA Davidson started coverage on shares of CSS Industries (NYSE:CSS) in a research note issued on Thursday, The Fly reports. The brokerage set a “buy” rating on the specialty retailer’s stock.

Separately, TheStreet upgraded shares of CSS Industries from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th.

CSS Industries (NYSE:CSS) traded down $0.17 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $26.73. 23,811 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 31,273. The firm has a market capitalization of $245.29, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.01 and a beta of 1.01. CSS Industries has a 1 year low of $23.16 and a 1 year high of $30.29.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. KBC Group NV grew its position in CSS Industries by 2.8% during the second quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 6,147 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $161,000 after buying an additional 168 shares during the period. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL acquired a new stake in CSS Industries during the third quarter valued at $208,000. First Quadrant L P CA acquired a new stake in CSS Industries during the third quarter valued at $219,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its position in CSS Industries by 15.9% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 8,836 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $232,000 after buying an additional 1,211 shares during the period. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its position in CSS Industries by 62.9% during the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 9,089 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $262,000 after buying an additional 3,511 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 81.83% of the company’s stock.

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CSS Industries Company Profile

CSS Industries, Inc is a consumer products company, which is engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution and sale of non-durable all occasion and seasonal social expression products, principally to mass market retailers in the United States and Canada. The Company’s occasion and seasonal products include classroom exchange Valentines, infant products, journals, buttons, gift wrap, floral accessories, craft and educational products, Easter egg dyes and novelties, memory books, scrapbooks, stickers, stationery and other items.

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