Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW) Shares Down 3.4%
Shares of Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) fell 3.4% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $11.20 and last traded at $11.20, with a volume of 718,100 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $11.60.
A number of research firms recently commented on WTW. Sidoti assumed coverage on Weight Watchers International in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $25.00 price objective for the company. Vetr raised Weight Watchers International from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, April 11th. Wedbush raised their price target on Weight Watchers International from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, March 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $17.43.
The stock has a market cap of $721.96 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.59. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $12.68 and its 200-day moving average is $13.43.
Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.17) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.18) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $306.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $308.90 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.09) earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Weight Watchers International Inc. will post $0.94 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In related news, Director Denis F. Kelly bought 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $12.21 per share, with a total value of $122,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 35,914 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $438,509.94. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.
Other large investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Russell Frank Co bought a new stake in shares of Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter worth about $1,867,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of 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, California State Teachers Retirement System raised its stake in shares of 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.
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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