Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) most recently reported quarterly actual earnings per share of $0.08 for the period ending on 2016-07-31. Prior to the company reporting, consensus estimates based on data from Zacks Research projected the company to report EPS of $0.17. The difference between the estimate and the actual EPS was $-0.09 creating a surprise factor of -52.94%. Currently, the company has an impact score of 66. The likelihood that the stock will move on news is greater with a higher impact score. According to Beta Research, the stock has a sentiment score of 0.435. On a scale between 1 and -1, a positive score tends to portray a favorable view of company results by news outlets. The opposite is true for a negative sentiment score.

In taking a look at where the stock might be headed, analysts have a consensus price target of $8.857 on the shares. The most bullish brokerage firm has a $14 target, while the most bearish sees the stock headed towards $7. This is according to the 7 estimates taken into consideration by Zacks Research.

In terms of Buy/Sell recommendations, analysts have a consensus rating of 2.25. This is according to a simplified scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell recommendation. There were 7 recommendations taking into account in order to arrive at this number. Of the 7, 3 have a Strong Buy rating and 0 are rating it a Buy.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (Ascena) is a national specialty retailer of apparel for women and teen girls operating, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, the dressbarn, maurices, and Justice brands. As of July 28, 2012, the Company operated over 3,800 stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Ascena operates under three brands: dressbarn, maurices and Justice. In January 2011, the Company completed an internal corporate reorganization and established a holding company, Ascena Retail Group, Inc. In June 14, 2012, the Company acquired Charming Shoppes, Inc., an apparel retailer specializing in women’s plus-size apparel. In October 2013, Ascena Retail Group Inc closed the sale of Fig’s, food gift retailer, to Mason Companies, Inc.

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