Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW) Sees Strong Trading Volume
Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Monday . 1,089,382 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 9% from the previous session’s volume of 1,202,806 shares.The stock last traded at $11.22 and had previously closed at $11.31.
Several research firms have recently issued reports on WTW. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. Vetr raised Weight Watchers International from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, April 11th. Sidoti began coverage on Weight Watchers International in a research note on Tuesday, May 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $25.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Wedbush upped their price objective on Weight Watchers International from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, March 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $17.43.
The firm has a market cap of $729.62 million and a PE ratio of 24.85. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $12.58 and a 200-day moving average price of $13.26.
Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.17) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.18) by $0.01. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted ($0.09) earnings per share. The company earned $306.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $308.90 million. The company’s revenue was down 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities 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 purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $12.21 per share, for a total transaction of $122,100.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 35,914 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $438,509.94. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.
Other hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position 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 valued at $2,510,000 after buying an additional 5,475 shares during the period. Russell Frank Co acquired a new position in shares of Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter valued at $1,867,000. Finally, California State Teachers Retirement System increased its position 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 valued at $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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