Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Share Price

Media coverage about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of 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 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.6531568747822 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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Shares of WSM opened at $49.59 on Thursday. Williams-Sonoma has a twelve month low of $42.68 and a twelve month high of $56.38. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,075.76, a PE ratio of 13.74, a PEG ratio of 0.89 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a current ratio of 1.62, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, March 14th. The specialty retailer reported $1.68 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.61 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $1.68 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.65 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 4.90% and a return on equity of 26.06%. The company’s revenue was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.55 EPS. equities analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma will post 4.18 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 25th. Investors of record on Friday, April 27th will be given a $0.43 dividend. This represents a $1.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.47%. This is an increase from Williams-Sonoma’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 26th. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 43.21%.

Williams-Sonoma declared that its board has approved a share buyback plan on Wednesday, March 14th that authorizes the company to repurchase $286.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the specialty retailer to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of research firms have issued reports on WSM. BTIG Research increased their target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma to $47.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Loop Capital increased their target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma to $55.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Goldman Sachs lowered shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Credit Suisse Group set a $48.00 target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, Barclays set a $45.00 target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. Williams-Sonoma currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.21.

In related news, insider Janet Hayes sold 9,034 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.66, for a total value of $466,696.44. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 38,563 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,992,164.58. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Laura Alber sold 97,965 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, March 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.21, for a total transaction of $5,310,682.65. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 264,621 shares in the company, valued at $14,345,104.41. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

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Williams-Sonoma Company Profile

Williams-Sonoma, Inc operates as a multi-channel specialty retailer of various products for home. It operates through two segments, E-commerce and Retail. The company offers cooking, dining, and entertaining products, including cookware, tools, electrics, cutlery, tabletop and bar, outdoor, furniture, and a library of cookbooks under the Williams-Sonoma brand, as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories under the Williams-Sonoma Home brand; and furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, tabletop, outdoor, and decorative accessories under the Pottery Barn brand.

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