TJX Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:TJX) saw unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock traders purchased 30,631 call options on the stock. This is an increase of Infinity compared to the typical daily volume of 0 call options.

In other TJX Companies, Inc. (The) news, CEO Ernie Herrman sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.52, for a total transaction of $1,450,400.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 480,821 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $34,869,138.92. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.23% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Zions Bancorporation raised its stake in shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) by 185.9% during the third quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 1,358 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock valued at $100,000 after purchasing an additional 883 shares during the period. Israel Discount Bank of New York purchased a new stake in shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) during the first quarter valued at approximately $130,000. Jacobi Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) by 12.9% during the first quarter. Jacobi Capital Management LLC now owns 1,748 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock valued at $133,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the period. Lenox Wealth Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) during the second quarter valued at approximately $141,000. Finally, Mosaic Family Wealth LLC raised its stake in shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) by 7.2% during the second quarter. Mosaic Family Wealth LLC now owns 1,996 shares of the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock valued at $144,000 after purchasing an additional 134 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 89.51% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on TJX shares. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price target (down from $97.00) on shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Instinet reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target (down from $83.00) on shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Nomura set a $80.00 price target on shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Northcoast Research raised shares of TJX Companies, Inc. (The) from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and seventeen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $81.50.

TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE TJX) opened at $69.06 on Friday. TJX Companies, Inc. has a 1-year low of $66.44 and a 1-year high of $80.92. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 1.53 and a quick ratio of 0.80. The company has a market cap of $43,928.37, a P/E ratio of 18.66, a P/E/G ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 0.72.

TJX Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:TJX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 13th. The apparel and home fashions retailer reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.00. TJX Companies, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 7.01% and a return on equity of 52.79%. The firm had revenue of $8.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $8.86 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.91 earnings per share. TJX Companies, Inc. (The)’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that TJX Companies, Inc. will post 3.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.3125 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 8th. This represents a $1.25 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.81%. TJX Companies, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio is currently 33.78%.

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TJX Companies, Inc. (The) Company Profile

The TJX Companies, Inc (TJX) is an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and across the world. The Company operates through four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada and TJX International. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls chains in the United States were collectively the off-price retailer in the United States with a total of 2,221 stores, as of January 28, 2017.

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