J.Jill Inc (NYSE:JILL) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $15.67.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of J.Jill from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of J.Jill from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Royal Bank of Canada lowered shares of J.Jill from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, SunTrust Banks lowered shares of J.Jill from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th.

Shares of J.Jill (JILL) opened at $7.99 on Friday. J.Jill has a 52-week low of $4.74 and a 52-week high of $14.40. The stock has a market cap of $349.55 and a PE ratio of 12.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 0.48.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, December 5th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $162.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $156.20 million. J.Jill had a net margin of 4.15% and a return on equity of 23.68%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that J.Jill will post 0.74 EPS for the current year.

In other news, CFO David Biese bought 12,500 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $7.28 per share, with a total value of $91,000.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief financial officer now directly owns 533,758 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,885,758.24. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Paula Bennett bought 25,000 shares of J.Jill stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $7.28 per share, for a total transaction of $182,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 8.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $110,000. B. Riley Financial Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $109,000. Rhumbline Advisers purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $135,000. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $168,000. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $248,000. 31.28% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About J.Jill

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.

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