Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) to Post Q3 2025 Earnings of $1.34 Per Share, William Blair Forecasts

Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSTFree Report) – Equities researchers at William Blair cut their Q3 2025 EPS estimates for Ross Stores in a research note issued to investors on Friday, May 24th. William Blair analyst D. Carden now anticipates that the apparel retailer will post earnings of $1.34 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $1.37. The consensus estimate for Ross Stores’ current full-year earnings is $5.93 per share. William Blair also issued estimates for Ross Stores’ Q1 2026 earnings at $1.64 EPS, Q2 2026 earnings at $1.67 EPS, Q3 2026 earnings at $1.52 EPS and Q4 2026 earnings at $1.82 EPS.

Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROSTGet Free Report) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, May 23rd. The apparel retailer reported $1.46 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.35 by $0.11. Ross Stores had a net margin of 9.60% and a return on equity of 42.24%. The business had revenue of $4.86 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.83 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.09 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis.

ROST has been the subject of several other reports. Guggenheim increased their price objective on Ross Stores from $165.00 to $170.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, May 24th. Telsey Advisory Group reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $160.00 price target on shares of Ross Stores in a report on Friday, May 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price objective on shares of Ross Stores from $150.00 to $163.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 6th. TD Cowen lifted their target price on shares of Ross Stores from $173.00 to $176.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, May 24th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company increased their price target on Ross Stores from $150.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, May 24th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. According to data from MarketBeat.com, Ross Stores currently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $156.58.

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Ross Stores Trading Down 3.2 %

ROST stock opened at $137.64 on Monday. The business’s 50 day moving average is $136.63 and its 200-day moving average is $138.00. The company has a current ratio of 1.54, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. The firm has a market cap of $46.34 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.21, a P/E/G ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 1.06. Ross Stores has a 1-year low of $100.66 and a 1-year high of $151.12.

Ross Stores announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback program on Tuesday, March 5th that permits the company to buyback $2.10 billion in shares. This buyback authorization permits the apparel retailer to reacquire up to 4.3% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are generally an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

Ross Stores Dividend Announcement

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 28th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, June 11th will be paid a $0.3675 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 11th. This represents a $1.47 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.07%. Ross Stores’s payout ratio is currently 24.79%.

Insider Buying and Selling

In related news, Director Larree M. Renda sold 4,168 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $147.89, for a total value of $616,405.52. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 3,166 shares in the company, valued at approximately $468,219.74. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. In related news, COO Michael J. Hartshorn sold 21,056 shares of Ross Stores stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.14, for a total transaction of $3,056,067.84. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 114,488 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,616,788.32. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Larree M. Renda sold 4,168 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $147.89, for a total transaction of $616,405.52. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 3,166 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $468,219.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 71,097 shares of company stock worth $10,396,178. Corporate insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Trading of Ross Stores

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of ROST. Boston Partners lifted its position in shares of Ross Stores by 3.3% during the 1st quarter. Boston Partners now owns 2,131,529 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $312,756,000 after acquiring an additional 69,085 shares during the period. Cetera Advisors LLC raised its stake in Ross Stores by 40.8% in the first quarter. Cetera Advisors LLC now owns 7,074 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock valued at $1,038,000 after purchasing an additional 2,050 shares in the last quarter. Cetera Investment Advisers lifted its position in Ross Stores by 271.0% during the first quarter. Cetera Investment Advisers now owns 42,194 shares of the apparel retailer’s stock worth $6,192,000 after purchasing an additional 30,822 shares during the period. PGGM Investments acquired a new stake in Ross Stores during the first quarter worth about $442,000. Finally, Swedbank AB bought a new position in Ross Stores in the 1st quarter valued at about $16,130,000. Institutional investors own 86.86% of the company’s stock.

About Ross Stores

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Ross Stores, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. Its stores primarily offer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions. The company's Ross Dress for Less stores sell its products at department and specialty stores to middle income households; and dd's DISCOUNTS stores sell its products at department and discount stores for households with moderate income.

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