Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) traded up 2.9% during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $11.61 and last traded at $11.49, with a volume of 818,154 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $11.17.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Vetr upgraded Weight Watchers International from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, April 11th. Sidoti assumed coverage on Weight Watchers International in a report on Tuesday, May 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $25.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Wedbush increased their target price on Weight Watchers International from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, March 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. Weight Watchers International presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $17.43.

The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $12.81 and a 200 day moving average price of $13.50. The firm has a market cap of $721.96 million and a P/E ratio of 24.59.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.17) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.18) by $0.01. The business had revenue of $306.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $308.90 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted ($0.09) EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Weight Watchers International Inc. will post $0.94 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Weight Watchers International news, Director Denis F. Kelly purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The shares were bought at an average price of $12.21 per share, with a total value of $122,100.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 35,914 shares in the company, valued at approximately $438,509.94. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Other large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its stake in Weight Watchers International by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 51,202 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,167,000 after buying an additional 935 shares during the period. Russell Frank Co acquired a new stake in Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter worth $1,867,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Weight Watchers International by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 110,076 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,510,000 after buying an additional 5,475 shares during the period. Finally, Quantitative Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter worth $3,994,000.

Weight Watchers International, Inc is a provider of weight management services. The Company operates globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. The Company’s branded products and services include meetings conducted by its franchisees, digital weight management products provided through its Websites, mobile sites and applications, products sold at meetings, licensed products sold in retail channels and magazine subscriptions and other publications.

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