Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Stock Price

Press coverage about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.632492649592 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several analysts have weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Sunday, November 19th. Telsey Advisory Group increased their target price on Williams-Sonoma from $49.00 to $51.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 14th. Oppenheimer restated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Friday, November 17th. Robert W. Baird set a $48.00 price objective on Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Williams-Sonoma from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams-Sonoma has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.25.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) traded up $0.80 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $53.31. The company had a trading volume of 697,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,718,249. The company has a market cap of $4,490.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.10, a PEG ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.89. Williams-Sonoma has a 1-year low of $42.68 and a 1-year high of $55.89.

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 the consensus estimate of $0.84. The firm had revenue of $1.30 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a return on equity of 25.45% and a net margin of 5.94%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.78 EPS. equities analysts predict that Williams-Sonoma will post 3.54 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Thursday, January 25th will be given a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.93%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 24th. 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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