Media stories about Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Weight Watchers International earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 45.4673527914306 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) traded up 0.82% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $47.98. 2,681,160 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.09 billion, a PE ratio of 30.74 and a beta of 3.06. Weight Watchers International has a 1-year low of $9.37 and a 1-year high of $48.40. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $36.88 and its 200 day moving average is $23.57.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.67 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.50 by $0.17. The company had revenue of $341.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $329.55 million. Weight Watchers International had a net margin of 8.52% and a negative return on equity of 7.70%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.46 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Weight Watchers International will post $1.46 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

WTW has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday. Sidoti downgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their price target on shares of Weight Watchers International from $13.00 to $18.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Monday, May 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Weight Watchers International currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.44.

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In other Weight Watchers International news, insider Corinne Pollier-Bousquet sold 6,600 shares of Weight Watchers International stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.75, for a total transaction of $169,950.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 12,795 shares in the company, valued at $329,471.25. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 15.75% of the company’s stock.

About Weight Watchers International

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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