Media stories about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.4827445585386 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
A number of analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. Goldman Sachs Group cut Williams-Sonoma from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Friday, November 17th. They set a “hold” rating and a $48.00 price objective for the company. Oppenheimer reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Gordon Haskett lowered Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “reduce” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.25.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE WSM) opened at $55.29 on Monday. Williams-Sonoma has a 52 week low of $42.68 and a 52 week high of $55.89. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,654.04, a PE ratio of 15.66, a P/E/G ratio of 1.61 and a beta of 0.89.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.84. Williams-Sonoma had a return on equity of 25.45% and a net margin of 5.94%. The firm had revenue of $1.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.29 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.78 EPS. Williams-Sonoma’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Williams-Sonoma will post 3.55 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Thursday, January 25th will be paid a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 24th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.82%. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio is presently 44.19%.
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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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