Headlines about Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Chico’s FAS earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.3793031887511 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

A number of research firms have weighed in on CHS. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $16.00 target price on shares of Chico’s FAS and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 16th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Chico’s FAS from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, May 18th. Wolfe Research lowered shares of Chico’s FAS from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, May 25th. Telsey Advisory Group reduced their target price on shares of Chico’s FAS from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, May 25th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC set a $11.00 target price on shares of Chico’s FAS and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 24th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.54.

Chico’s FAS (CHS) traded down 0.37% on Monday, hitting $8.17. 3,309,759 shares of the company were exchanged. Chico’s FAS has a 52 week low of $6.96 and a 52 week high of $16.85. The company has a market capitalization of $1.03 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.39 and a beta of 0.63. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $8.38 and a 200 day moving average of $11.00.

Chico’s FAS (NYSE:CHS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 30th. The specialty retailer reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $578.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $578.58 million. Chico’s FAS had a return on equity of 15.57% and a net margin of 3.94%. Chico’s FAS’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.25 EPS. Analysts predict that Chico’s FAS will post $0.66 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 25th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 11th will be given a $0.0825 dividend. This represents a $0.33 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 8th. Chico’s FAS’s dividend payout ratio is presently 45.83%.

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Chico’s FAS Company Profile

Chico’s FAS, Inc is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores.

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