News coverage about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.7237261961502 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
Several research analysts recently issued reports on WSM shares. Buckingham Research decreased their price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $53.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Credit Suisse Group set a $44.00 price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Royal Bank Of Canada raised their price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $49.00 to $50.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Bank of America restated an “underperform” rating and set a $40.00 price objective (down from $44.00) on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.39.
Williams-Sonoma (WSM) traded up $0.06 on Thursday, hitting $53.50. 2,124,320 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,733,219. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,544.92, a P/E ratio of 15.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.00 and a beta of 0.89. Williams-Sonoma has a one year low of $42.68 and a one year high of $56.94.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84. The company had revenue of $1.30 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.94% and a return on equity of 25.45%. The firm’s revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.78 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Williams-Sonoma will post 3.54 EPS 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 issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.92%. 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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Williams-Sonoma Company Profile
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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