News headlines about Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stage Stores earned a news sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.7372675827756 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) traded up $0.06 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $1.95. 92,565 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 241,656. The company has a quick ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 2.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. Stage Stores has a 12-month low of $1.45 and a 12-month high of $5.48.

Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported ($0.64) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.69) by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $357.24 million during the quarter. Stage Stores had a negative net margin of 3.33% and a negative return on equity of 8.67%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($0.57) EPS. research analysts expect that Stage Stores will post -1.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 13th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 10.26%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 27th. Stage Stores’s dividend payout ratio is currently -10.99%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. B. Riley restated a “sell” rating and issued a $1.00 target price on shares of Stage Stores in a report on Friday, August 18th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Stage Stores from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Stage Stores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have given a hold rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $1.50.

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About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc operates specialty department stores mainly in small and mid-sized towns and communities. The Company’s department stores offer a range of brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. The Company operates approximately 830 specialty department stores in over 40 states under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES and STAGE nameplates and a direct-to-consumer business.

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