Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW)’s share price rose 5.2% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $11.50 and last traded at $11.37, with a volume of 1,244,034 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $10.81.

WTW has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. Sidoti initiated coverage on Weight Watchers International in a research note on Tuesday, May 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $25.00 target price for the company. Finally, Vetr upgraded Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. Weight Watchers International currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $17.43.

The stock has a market cap of $727.07 million and a PE ratio of 24.76. The company has a 50 day moving average of $11.95 and a 200 day moving average of $13.10.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.46 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.46. The company had revenue of $310 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $318.30 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.49 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Weight Watchers International Inc. will post $0.94 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Denis F. Kelly acquired 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $12.21 per share, with a total value of $122,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 35,914 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $438,509.94. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position 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. Russell Frank Co acquired a new position in Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,867,000. Finally, California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position 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.

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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