Smart & Final Stores Inc. (NYSE:SFS) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen research firms that are covering the firm. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $23.22.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on SFS. RBC Capital Markets set a $21.00 target price on Smart & Final Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, September 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Smart & Final Stores from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $21.00 target price on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a report on Monday, August 1st. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a report on Sunday, October 2nd. Finally, Citigroup Inc. lowered their target price on Smart & Final Stores from $18.00 to $15.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) traded down 2.88% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $13.50. The stock had a trading volume of 301,044 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $997.69 million, a PE ratio of 36.68 and a beta of 0.10. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $12.57 and its 200-day moving average is $14.18. Smart & Final Stores has a 1-year low of $11.55 and a 1-year high of $18.67.

In related news, CEO David G. Hirz sold 48,628 shares of Smart & Final Stores stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.79, for a total transaction of $621,952.12. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 166,219 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,125,941.01. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO David G. Hirz sold 5,029 shares of Smart & Final Stores stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.74, for a total value of $64,069.46. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 154,470 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,967,947.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 8.97% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Princeton Alpha Management LP bought a new position in shares of Smart & Final Stores during the third quarter valued at about $131,000. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 0.9% in the third quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 10,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $132,000 after buying an additional 90 shares during the last quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. boosted its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 11.1% in the second quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 10,475 shares of the company’s stock valued at $156,000 after buying an additional 1,045 shares during the last quarter. Cutler Group LP bought a new position in shares of Smart & Final Stores during the third quarter valued at about $158,000. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. boosted its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 12.4% in the second quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 15,793 shares of the company’s stock valued at $234,000 after buying an additional 1,747 shares during the last quarter.

Smart & Final Stores Company Profile

Smart & Final Stores, Inc is a food retailer. The Company serves household and business customers through approximately two store banners, including Smart & Final and Cash & Carry. The Company operates through two business segments: Smart & Final and Cash & Carry. The Smart & Final segment is based in Commerce, California and includes over 90 legacy Smart & Final stores and approximately 130 Extra! format stores, which focus on household and business customers and are located in California, Arizona and Nevada.

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