Shares of Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) rose 5.2% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock 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 several research reports. Vetr raised shares of Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. Sidoti started 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 target for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price target for the company in a research report on Saturday, May 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.43.

The firm has a market cap of $688.77 million and a PE ratio of 23.46. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $11.82 and a 200-day moving average of $13.07.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.46. The firm earned $310 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $318.30 million. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.49 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Weight Watchers International Inc. will post $0.94 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Denis F. Kelly purchased 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 9th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $12.21 per share, for a total transaction of $122,100.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 35,914 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $438,509.94. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

A number of hedge funds recently bought and sold shares of WTW. California State Teachers Retirement System increased 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 worth $1,167,000 after buying an additional 935 shares during the last quarter. Russell Frank Co acquired a new position in Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,867,000. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased 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 worth $2,510,000 after buying an additional 5,475 shares during the last quarter.

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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