Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the fifteen research firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $37.00.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on WTW. Craig Hallum downgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 27th. SunTrust Banks downgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $68.00 to $25.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 27th. DA Davidson downgraded shares of Weight Watchers International from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $137.00 to $23.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Weight Watchers International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 9th. Finally, B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $22.00 price target (down previously from $75.00) on shares of Weight Watchers International in a research note on Wednesday, February 27th.

WTW stock opened at $20.45 on Friday. Weight Watchers International has a 52-week low of $18.80 and a 52-week high of $105.73.

In other news, insider Mindy F. Grossman acquired 12,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 1st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $21.70 per share, for a total transaction of $260,400.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Corinne Pollier-Bousquet sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.17, for a total transaction of $191,700.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 36,183 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $693,628.11. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 12.31% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Geode Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in Weight Watchers International by 9.2% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 474,666 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,297,000 after purchasing an additional 40,124 shares during the period. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Weight Watchers International in the fourth quarter worth $17,788,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in Weight Watchers International by 6.8% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 763,157 shares of the company’s stock worth $29,427,000 after purchasing an additional 48,672 shares during the period. APG Asset Management N.V. grew its holdings in Weight Watchers International by 1,003.9% in the fourth quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 83,900 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,829,000 after purchasing an additional 76,300 shares during the period. Finally, Amalgamated Bank grew its holdings in Weight Watchers International by 114.1% in the fourth quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 6,032 shares of the company’s stock worth $233,000 after purchasing an additional 3,215 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 91.34% of the company’s stock.

About Weight Watchers International

Weight Watchers International, Inc provides weight management services worldwide. The company operates in four segments: North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Other. It offers a range of products and services comprising nutritional, activity, behavioral, and lifestyle tools and approaches.

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