Radnor Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) by 1.0% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 17,770 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after buying an additional 180 shares during the quarter. Radnor Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Williams-Sonoma were worth $1,810,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in WSM. State Street Corp lifted its position in Williams-Sonoma by 4.8% during the third quarter. State Street Corp now owns 2,505,874 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $226,631,000 after buying an additional 113,724 shares in the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its position in Williams-Sonoma by 132.5% in the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 70,494 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $6,375,000 after buying an additional 40,174 shares during the last quarter. AXA S.A. grew its position in Williams-Sonoma by 26.9% in the third quarter. AXA S.A. now owns 119,427 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $10,801,000 after buying an additional 25,327 shares during the last quarter. Weld Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Williams-Sonoma in the third quarter worth approximately $1,062,000. Finally, Pacer Advisors Inc. grew its position in Williams-Sonoma by 150.0% in the third quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 34,868 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,153,000 after buying an additional 20,920 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.58% of the company’s stock.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 1st. Loop Capital lifted their price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $100.00 to $110.00 in a research report on Friday, November 20th. Wedbush lifted their price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $115.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 20th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $75.00 to $95.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Monday, November 23rd. Finally, Barclays lifted their price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $112.00 to $144.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, November 20th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $95.17.

Shares of NYSE:WSM traded up $2.57 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $120.82. 69,350 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,063,451. The firm has a fifty day simple moving average of $108.01 and a 200 day simple moving average of $96.04. The firm has a market cap of $9.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.45, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.61 and a beta of 1.63. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has a 1-year low of $26.01 and a 1-year high of $118.37. The company has a quick ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 1.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 18th. The specialty retailer reported $2.56 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.52 by $1.04. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 6.83% and a return on equity of 36.53%. The business had revenue of $1.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.56 billion. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will post 6.38 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 26th. Investors of record on Friday, January 22nd will be paid a $0.53 dividend. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 21st. This is a positive change from Williams-Sonoma’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.48. Williams-Sonoma’s payout ratio is presently 39.67%.

In related news, CEO Laura Alber sold 35,000 shares of Williams-Sonoma stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.93, for a total value of $3,637,550.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 466,702 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $48,504,338.86. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Julie Whalen sold 3,000 shares of Williams-Sonoma stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.04, for a total transaction of $324,120.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 56,110 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,062,124.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 53,000 shares of company stock valued at $5,552,870. 1.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Williams-Sonoma Profile

Williams-Sonoma, Inc operates as an omni-channel specialty retailer of various products for home. It offers cooking, dining, and entertaining products, such as cookware, tools, electrics, cutlery, tabletop and bar, outdoor, furniture, and a library of cookbooks under the Williams Sonoma brand, as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories under the Williams Sonoma Home brand; and furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, tabletop, outdoor, and decorative accessories under the Pottery Barn brand.

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