Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) was up 6.5% during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $18.27 and last traded at $18.19, approximately 1,913,217 shares traded hands during trading. An increase of 14% from the average daily volume of 1,682,831 shares. The stock had previously closed at $17.08.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Guggenheim restated a “buy” rating on shares of Levi Strauss & Co. in a research note on Wednesday, September 4th. Goldman Sachs Group cut Levi Strauss & Co. from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from $21.00 to $19.00 in a research note on Wednesday, July 17th. Finally, Bank of America upgraded Levi Strauss & Co. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from $25.00 to $20.00 in a research note on Thursday, August 15th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $24.14.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $17.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77, a quick ratio of 1.55 and a current ratio of 2.35.

Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 9th. The blue-jean maker reported $0.17 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $1.31 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.29 billion. Levi Strauss & Co. had a net margin of 7.01% and a return on equity of 42.83%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Levi Strauss & Co. will post 1.06 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of LEVI. Advisor Group Inc. raised its stake in Levi Strauss & Co. by 5.7% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 21,161 shares of the blue-jean maker’s stock valued at $442,000 after buying an additional 1,136 shares during the period. Pittenger & Anderson Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Levi Strauss & Co. in the first quarter valued at approximately $29,000. Signaturefd LLC bought a new position in shares of Levi Strauss & Co. during the 1st quarter worth approximately $36,000. Artemis Investment Management LLP boosted its stake in shares of Levi Strauss & Co. by 5.0% during the 2nd quarter. Artemis Investment Management LLP now owns 51,319 shares of the blue-jean maker’s stock worth $1,040,000 after acquiring an additional 2,446 shares during the period. Finally, NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc bought a new position in shares of Levi Strauss & Co. during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $58,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 8.91% of the company’s stock.

About Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI)

Levi Strauss & Co designs, markets, and sells jeans, casual and dress pants, tops, shorts, skirts, jackets, footwear, and related accessories for men, women, and children. The company sells its products under the Levi's, Dockers, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co, and Denizen brands; and also licenses its Levi's and Dockers trademarks for various product categories, including footwear, belts, wallets and bags, outerwear, sweaters, dress shirts, kids wear, sleepwear, and hosiery.

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