Press coverage about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has been trending positive on Saturday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.8312767442095 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several brokerages recently weighed in on WSM. SunTrust Banks, Inc. set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 10th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Thursday, May 25th. Telsey Advisory Group increased their price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $51.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, May 25th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Thursday, May 25th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams-Sonoma presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $56.82.

Shares of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) opened at 45.74 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.96 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.32 and a beta of 0.89. Williams-Sonoma has a one year low of $43.96 and a one year high of $57.40. The company’s 50 day moving average is $46.38 and its 200-day moving average is $49.15.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 24th. The specialty retailer reported $0.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.02. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.99% and a return on equity of 25.51%. The company had revenue of $1.11 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.11 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.53 EPS. Williams-Sonoma’s quarterly revenue was up 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma will post $3.56 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 25th. Investors of record on Friday, July 21st will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 19th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.41%. Williams-Sonoma’s payout ratio is presently 45.35%.

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About Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma, Inc is a multi-channel specialty retailer of products for the home. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and the United Kingdom. It operates through two segments: e-commerce and retail. The e-commerce segment has various merchandising strategies, such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, PBteen, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham, which sell its products through the Company’s e-commerce Websites and direct-mail catalogs.

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