Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

News coverage about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.10593718023 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE WSM) opened at $51.50 on Wednesday. Williams-Sonoma has a 1-year low of $42.68 and a 1-year high of $56.94. The company has a market capitalization of $4,403.47, a P/E ratio of 14.84, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.10 and a beta of 0.91.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 23rd. The specialty retailer reported $0.61 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.59 by $0.02. Williams-Sonoma had a return on equity of 25.43% and a net margin of 5.96%. The company had revenue of $1.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.20 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.58 EPS. Williams-Sonoma’s quarterly revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Williams-Sonoma will post 3.59 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 27th will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.03%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 26th. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio is presently 44.96%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada upped their price target on Williams-Sonoma from $49.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co restated an “overweight” rating and set a $60.00 price target (down from $64.00) on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. Williams-Sonoma has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $52.18.

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About Williams-Sonoma

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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