Shares of Smart & Final Stores Inc (NYSE:SFS) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the twelve analysts that are covering the firm. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $21.44.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Smart & Final Stores from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 18th. Royal Bank of Canada decreased their target price on shares of Smart & Final Stores from $21.00 to $20.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, March 6th. Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 target price (down from $17.00) on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research note on Saturday, March 11th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 target price on shares of Smart & Final Stores in a research note on Tuesday, March 14th.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) traded up 2.07% on Tuesday, reaching $12.35. The company had a trading volume of 313,782 shares. The company’s 50 day moving average is $11.93 and its 200-day moving average is $13.27. The firm has a market capitalization of $901.99 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 72.65 and a beta of 0.27. Smart & Final Stores has a one year low of $10.65 and a one year high of $16.68.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, March 8th. The company reported $0.07 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.10 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $1 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.04 billion. Smart & Final Stores had a net margin of 0.53% and a return on equity of 7.98%. Smart & Final Stores’s quarterly revenue was up .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.19 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Smart & Final Stores will post $0.51 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, SVP Michael A. Mortensen sold 53,960 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.82, for a total transaction of $637,807.20. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 30,264 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $357,720.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO David G. Hirz sold 111,942 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.54, for a total transaction of $1,291,810.68. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 315,760 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,643,870.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 8.97% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Empyrean Capital Partners LP increased its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 35.5% in the third quarter. Empyrean Capital Partners LP now owns 1,125,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $14,366,000 after buying an additional 294,931 shares during the last quarter. United Services Automobile Association increased its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 58.1% in the third quarter. United Services Automobile Association now owns 467,020 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,964,000 after buying an additional 171,620 shares during the last quarter. Keybank National Association OH increased its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 21.8% in the fourth quarter. Keybank National Association OH now owns 87,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,227,000 after buying an additional 15,600 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 11.0% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 582,639 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,214,000 after buying an additional 57,747 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Group LTD increased its stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 7.5% in the third quarter. BlackRock Group LTD now owns 136,900 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,748,000 after buying an additional 9,604 shares during the last quarter.

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About Smart & Final Stores

Smart & Final Stores, Inc is a food retailer. The Company is engaged in the business of selling fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, together with foodservice, packaging and janitorial products. The Company operates through two segments: Smart & Final, and Cash and Carry. The Smart & Final segment focuses on both household and business customers.

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