WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 2,137.50 ($27.93).

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on SMWH shares. Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Thursday, August 30th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Tuesday, October 16th. Barclays reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Friday, October 12th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a GBX 2,300 ($30.05) target price on shares of WH Smith in a report on Friday, October 12th.

In related news, insider Stephen Clarke sold 69,487 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 1,959 ($25.60), for a total transaction of £1,361,250.33 ($1,778,714.66).

WH Smith stock traded up GBX 5 ($0.07) on Monday, hitting GBX 1,872 ($24.46). The company’s stock had a trading volume of 734,446 shares, compared to its average volume of 316,134. WH Smith has a one year low of GBX 1,635 ($21.36) and a one year high of GBX 2,347 ($30.67).

The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 31st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 10th will be issued a GBX 38.10 ($0.50) dividend. This is a positive change from WH Smith’s previous dividend of $16.00. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 10th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.12%.

WH Smith Company Profile

WH Smith PLC operates as a retailer in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates through two segments, High Street and Travel. The High Street segment sells stationery products, including greetings cards, general stationery, art and craft, and gifting products; news and impulse products, such as newspapers, magazines, confectionery, and drinks; and books.

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Analyst Recommendations for WH Smith (LON:SMWH)

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