Shares of Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) saw strong trading volume on Friday . 3,321,152 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 117% from the previous session’s volume of 1,530,766 shares.The stock last traded at $10.78 and had previously closed at $11.39.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Vetr raised Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. Sidoti started coverage on Weight Watchers International in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $25.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised 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. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $17.43.

The firm has a 50 day moving average of $11.82 and a 200 day moving average of $13.07. The stock has a market capitalization of $688.77 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.46.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.46 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.46. The firm earned $310 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $318.30 million. The business’s revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.49 EPS. On average, equities analysts predict that Weight Watchers International Inc. will post $0.95 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Denis F. Kelly bought 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $12.21 per share, for a total transaction of $122,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 35,914 shares in the company, valued at approximately $438,509.94. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Weight Watchers International stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) by 5.2% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 110,076 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 5,475 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned 0.17% of Weight Watchers International worth $2,510,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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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