News headlines about Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:ASNA) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ascena Retail Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 47.3224305526573 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:ASNA) traded up $0.06 on Friday, hitting $1.94. The stock had a trading volume of 2,750,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,250,000. Ascena Retail Group has a 1 year low of $1.65 and a 1 year high of $5.50. The company has a quick ratio of 0.55, a current ratio of 1.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.24. The stock has a market capitalization of $380.32, a P/E ratio of -0.35 and a beta of 1.93.

Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ:ASNA) last issued its earnings results on Monday, December 4th. The specialty retailer reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11. The firm had revenue of $1.59 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.58 billion. Ascena Retail Group had a positive return on equity of 2.50% and a negative net margin of 16.39%. The company’s revenue was down 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.18 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that Ascena Retail Group will post 0.15 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts have recently commented on ASNA shares. BidaskClub upgraded Ascena Retail Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, December 2nd. ValuEngine downgraded Ascena Retail Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ascena Retail Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Ascena Retail Group in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of Ascena Retail Group in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and ten have assigned a hold rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $2.75.

In other Ascena Retail Group news, Director Krill Katherine Lawther sold 195,600 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.45, for a total transaction of $479,220.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 108,957 shares in the company, valued at $266,944.65. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 8.02% of the company’s stock.

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About Ascena Retail Group

Ascena Retail Group, Inc is a specialty retailer of apparel for women and tween girls. The Company operates through six segments: ANN, Justice, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines. The ANN segment offers feminine classics and fashion choices, sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands.

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