Vera Bradley (VRA) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Shows

Press coverage about Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Vera Bradley earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the textile maker an impact score of 47.1437380242759 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on VRA. BidaskClub raised Vera Bradley from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Robert W. Baird set a $12.00 price target on Vera Bradley and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, December 25th. Cowen reissued a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 price target on shares of Vera Bradley in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Vera Bradley in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Vera Bradley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $8.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.00.

Shares of Vera Bradley (VRA) traded up $0.27 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $9.83. The stock had a trading volume of 283,968 shares, compared to its average volume of 259,486. The stock has a market cap of $348.80, a price-to-earnings ratio of 196.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 0.83. Vera Bradley has a fifty-two week low of $6.99 and a fifty-two week high of $12.83.

Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, December 6th. The textile maker reported $0.23 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $114.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $114.55 million. Vera Bradley had a return on equity of 7.06% and a net margin of 0.43%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.20 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Vera Bradley will post 0.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, major shareholder Thomas Farrell Byrne II sold 12,292 shares of Vera Bradley stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.33, for a total transaction of $151,560.36. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 32,605 shares in the company, valued at approximately $402,019.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 39.60% of the company’s stock.

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Vera Bradley Company Profile

Vera Bradley, Inc (Vera Bradley) is a designer of women’s handbags, accessories, luggage and travel items, eyewear, and stationery and gifts. The Company’s segments include Direct and Indirect. The Company offers various products, including bags, travel, home and accessories. Its accessories include fashion accessories, such as wallets, eyeglass cases, jewelry, and scarves and various technology accessories.

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