Smart & Final Stores Inc. (NYSE:SFS)‘s stock had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at RBC Capital Markets in a research note issued on Thursday.

SFS has been the subject of several other reports. Piper Jaffray Cos. reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $15.00 target price (down from $18.00) on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Sunday, July 31st. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $21.00 target price on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Monday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut Smart & Final Stores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 3rd. Citigroup Inc. reduced their target price on Smart & Final Stores from $18.00 to $15.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, August 2nd. Finally, DA Davidson restated a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 target price on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research report on Saturday, October 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Smart & Final Stores presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $22.00.

Analyst Recommendations for Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS)

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) opened at 13.45 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $12.66 and its 200-day moving average is $14.11. The company has a market capitalization of $994.00 million, a P/E ratio of 36.55 and a beta of 0.10. Smart & Final Stores has a 1-year low of $11.55 and a 1-year high of $18.67.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 16th. The company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.16 by $0.03. Smart & Final Stores had a return on equity of 8.36% and a net margin of 0.67%. The firm had revenue of $1.39 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.42 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.22 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Smart & Final Stores will post $0.56 EPS for the current year.

In related news, CEO David G. Hirz sold 48,628 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.79, for a total transaction of $621,952.12. Following the completion of 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 document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO David G. Hirz sold 106,312 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, September 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.92, for a total transaction of $1,373,551.04. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 163,140 shares in the company, valued at $2,107,768.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 8.97% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its stake 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 worth $132,000 after buying an additional 90 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 0.8% in the third quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 26,090 shares of the company’s stock valued at $333,000 after buying an additional 210 shares during the last quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. raised its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 3.2% in the third quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 10,815 shares of the company’s stock valued at $138,000 after buying an additional 340 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 1.0% in the third quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 48,988 shares of the company’s stock valued at $626,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 0.5% in the third quarter. BlackRock Investment Management LLC now owns 128,347 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,639,000 after buying an additional 667 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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