Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW) Trading Down 4.4%
Shares of Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) were down 4.4% during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $11.40 and last traded at $11.41, with a volume of 799,905 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $11.93.
A number of analysts recently commented on WTW shares. Vetr raised Weight Watchers International from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.41 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, April 11th. Zacks Investment Research raised 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. Finally, Sidoti assumed coverage on Weight Watchers International in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $25.00 target price for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.43.
The company has a 50-day moving average price of $12.09 and a 200-day moving average price of $13.14. The company has a market capitalization of $711.75 million and a PE ratio of 24.24.
Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.17) EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.18) by $0.01. During the same quarter last year, the business posted ($0.09) EPS. The firm earned $306.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $308.90 million. The firm’s revenue was down 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Weight Watchers International Inc. will post $0.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In other news, Director Denis F. Kelly bought 10,000 shares of Weight Watchers International stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The stock was bought at an average price of $12.21 per share, for a total transaction of $122,100.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 35,914 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $438,509.94. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.
Other institutional investors recently 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 worth $2,510,000 after buying an additional 5,475 shares in the last quarter. Russell Frank Co bought a new position in shares of Weight Watchers International during the fourth quarter worth about $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 worth $1,167,000 after buying an additional 935 shares in 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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