WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Friday. Stock investors acquired 4,542 put options on the company. This is an increase of Infinity compared to the average daily volume of 0 put options.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in WETF. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. increased its position in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 32.0% during the 1st quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 60,555 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $550,000 after purchasing an additional 14,695 shares in the last quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its position in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 54.5% during the 1st quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 164,532 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $1,494,000 after purchasing an additional 58,014 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. increased its position in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 178.2% during the 1st quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 194,620 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $1,767,000 after purchasing an additional 124,660 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC increased its position in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 20.3% during the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,235,669 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $11,220,000 after purchasing an additional 208,169 shares in the last quarter. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 1.6% during the 1st quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 50,100 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $455,000 after purchasing an additional 800 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.49% of the company’s stock.

Shares of WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF) opened at $11.94 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $1,634.73, a PE ratio of 51.91, a P/E/G ratio of 2.97 and a beta of 3.18. WisdomTree Investments has a 1 year low of $7.87 and a 1 year high of $13.32.

WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF) last announced its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The asset manager reported $0.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.06. The business had revenue of $57.99 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $57.89 million. WisdomTree Investments had a net margin of 12.98% and a return on equity of 15.47%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.06 EPS. equities research analysts expect that WisdomTree Investments will post 0.25 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 8th will be given a dividend of $0.08 per share. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.68%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 7th. WisdomTree Investments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 145.46%.

WETF has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of WisdomTree Investments from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Northland Securities reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 price objective on shares of WisdomTree Investments in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price objective on shares of WisdomTree Investments in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $10.00 price objective on shares of WisdomTree Investments in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of WisdomTree Investments from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. WisdomTree Investments has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.22.

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About WisdomTree Investments

WisdomTree Investments, Inc is an asset management company that focuses on exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The Company’s family of ETFs includes funds that track its own indexes, funds that track third party indexes and actively managed funds. It operates as an exchange traded products sponsor and asset manager providing investment advisory services in the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan.

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