Smart & Final Stores Inc (NYSE:SFS) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation. The average 12 month price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $6.24.

SFS has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Smart & Final Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $7.25 price objective for the company in a research report on Saturday, February 9th. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Smart & Final Stores from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $6.47 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Smart & Final Stores from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 28th.

Shares of SFS traded up $0.03 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $6.52. The stock had a trading volume of 1,540,932 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,133,792. Smart & Final Stores has a one year low of $4.45 and a one year high of $7.40. The company has a market cap of $498.94 million, a PE ratio of 21.73, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.79 and a beta of 1.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.07, a current ratio of 1.08 and a quick ratio of 0.34.

Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, March 13th. The company reported $0.08 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.12 by ($0.04). Smart & Final Stores had a negative net margin of 2.37% and a positive return on equity of 6.10%. The firm had revenue of $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.09 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.15 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Smart & Final Stores will post 0.32 earnings per share for the current year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Citigroup Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Smart & Final Stores by 249.3% during the 4th quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 12,893 shares of the company’s stock worth $61,000 after buying an additional 9,202 shares during the period. Gotham Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores during the 4th quarter worth about $64,000. Virtu Financial LLC bought a new stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores during the 4th quarter worth about $90,000. Jane Street Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores during the 3rd quarter worth about $120,000. Finally, Panagora Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Smart & Final Stores during the 3rd quarter worth about $141,000. 92.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Smart & Final Stores Company Profile

Smart & Final Stores, Inc operates as a food retailer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Smart & Final and Smart Foodservice. The company's stores offer fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, such as produce, meat and deli, dairy and cheese, grocery, and beverage products, as well as paper and packaging, and restaurant equipment and janitorial supplies.

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