Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW) Trading Up 3.8%
Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) shares were up 3.8% on Friday . The stock traded as high as $12.00 and last traded at $11.92, with a volume of 1,775,866 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $11.48.
Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Saturday, May 7th. Vetr upgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. Finally, Sidoti assumed coverage on shares of Weight Watchers International in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $25.00 price objective on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Weight Watchers International presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.43.
The firm’s 50-day moving average is $12.17 and its 200-day moving average is $13.18. The company has a market capitalization of $761.54 million and a P/E ratio of 25.93.
Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.17) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.18) by $0.01. The business earned $306.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $308.90 million. During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.09) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Weight Watchers International Inc. will post $0.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In other Weight Watchers International news, Director Denis F. Kelly acquired 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $12.21 per share, with a total value of $122,100.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 35,914 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $438,509.94. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.
Other hedge funds have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased 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 valued at $2,510,000 after buying an additional 5,475 shares during the period. California State Teachers Retirement System increased 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 valued at $1,167,000 after buying an additional 935 shares during the period. Finally, Russell Frank Co acquired a new stake in Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,867,000.
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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