Spark Investment Management LLC Has $2.19 Million Holdings in J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE:JILL)

Spark Investment Management LLC decreased its stake in J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE:JILLFree Report) by 32.0% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 85,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 40,000 shares during the quarter. J.Jill comprises 13.1% of Spark Investment Management LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 3rd biggest holding. Spark Investment Management LLC owned about 0.80% of J.Jill worth $2,191,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Boston Partners lifted its stake in shares of J.Jill by 25.9% during the 4th quarter. Boston Partners now owns 146,008 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,764,000 after acquiring an additional 30,072 shares during the last quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd bought a new stake in shares of J.Jill during the fourth quarter worth $703,000. Verdad Advisers LP purchased a new stake in shares of J.Jill during the fourth quarter valued at $516,000. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC bought a new position in shares of J.Jill in the third quarter worth about $572,000. Finally, Denali Advisors LLC purchased a new position in J.Jill in the 4th quarter worth about $348,000. 40.71% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Separately, B. Riley restated a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price objective (up from $35.00) on shares of J.Jill in a report on Thursday, March 21st.

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J.Jill Stock Up 3.8 %

JILL stock traded up $1.25 on Thursday, hitting $33.98. 62,573 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 80,716. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $28.85 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $27.02. J.Jill, Inc. has a 12-month low of $18.85 and a 12-month high of $34.11. The stock has a market cap of $365.29 million, a P/E ratio of 13.25 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.24, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a current ratio of 0.89.

J.Jill (NYSE:JILLGet Free Report) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, March 20th. The specialty retailer reported $0.23 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.01) by $0.24. J.Jill had a net margin of 6.00% and a return on equity of 194.65%. The company had revenue of $149.45 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $147.57 million. As a group, equities research analysts expect that J.Jill, Inc. will post 3.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

J.Jill Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 12th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.82%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 29th.

Insider Activity at J.Jill

In other news, Director Michael A. Eck sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.67, for a total value of $445,050.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 22,852 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $678,018.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. In other J.Jill news, Director Michael Rahamim sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.30, for a total value of $161,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 6,258 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $202,133.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Michael A. Eck sold 15,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.67, for a total transaction of $445,050.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 22,852 shares in the company, valued at approximately $678,018.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 41,190 shares of company stock worth $1,249,007 over the last quarter. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

J.Jill Profile

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J.Jill, Inc operates as an omnichannel retailer for women's apparel under the J.Jill brand in the United States. It offers apparel, footwear, and accessories, including scarves and jewelry. The company markets its products through retail stores, website, and catalogs. J.Jill, Inc was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for J.Jill (NYSE:JILL)

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