News stories about Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Weight Watchers International earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.8263100559666 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
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Several analysts recently commented on the company. ValuEngine raised Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Craig Hallum reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price objective (up previously from $70.00) on shares of Weight Watchers International in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $98.00 price objective (up previously from $86.00) on shares of Weight Watchers International in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $52.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Finally, Sidoti raised Weight Watchers International from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Weight Watchers International currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $72.00.
Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.06. Weight Watchers International had a negative return on equity of 10.38% and a net margin of 12.52%. The firm had revenue of $312.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $309.35 million. research analysts expect that Weight Watchers International will post 2.58 EPS for the current year.
In other Weight Watchers International news, Director Oprah Winfrey sold 262,860 shares of Weight Watchers International stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.92, for a total value of $16,539,151.20. Following the sale, the director now owns 6,009,283 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $378,104,086.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Denis F. Kelly purchased 2,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $62.43 per share, for a total transaction of $137,346.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 41,852 shares in the company, valued at $2,612,820.36. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 15.75% of the company’s stock.
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About Weight Watchers International
Weight Watchers International, Inc is a provider of weight management services. The Company operates globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. The Company’s branded products and services include meetings conducted by its franchisees, digital weight management products provided through its Websites, mobile sites and applications, products sold at meetings, licensed products sold in retail channels and magazine subscriptions and other publications.
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