Janus Henderson Group PLC lessened its position in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) by 6.9% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 3,275,342 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 242,073 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC owned approximately 3.82% of Williams-Sonoma worth $163,309,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 4.9% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,572,681 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $464,276,000 after acquiring an additional 444,339 shares in the last quarter. Blackhill Capital Inc. increased its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 0.5% during the third quarter. Blackhill Capital Inc. now owns 4,047,901 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $201,828,000 after acquiring an additional 21,035 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 0.9% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 3,243,158 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $157,297,000 after acquiring an additional 28,837 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC increased its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 115.4% during the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,678,423 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $129,904,000 after acquiring an additional 1,435,014 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 17.1% during the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 2,465,043 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $122,907,000 after acquiring an additional 360,493 shares in the last quarter. 96.62% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co downgraded shares of Williams-Sonoma from an “overweight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $46.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Gordon Haskett downgraded shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “reduce” rating in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Oppenheimer reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Morgan Stanley started coverage on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Friday, November 17th. They set a “hold” rating and a $48.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Bank of America reduced their target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $40.00 to $38.00 and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 17th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Williams-Sonoma presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.39.

Shares of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) traded down $1.24 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $52.00. 2,401,900 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,735,581. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,481.49, a PE ratio of 15.17, a P/E/G ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.89. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has a 12-month low of $42.68 and a 12-month high of $56.57.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84. The firm had revenue of $1.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.94% and a return on equity of 25.45%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.78 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will post 3.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 27th were paid a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 26th. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio is currently 44.19%.

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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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