Pacad Investment Ltd. Takes Position in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM)

Pacad Investment Ltd. acquired a new position in shares of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm acquired 36,704 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,776,000.

Several other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of the stock. Advisory Services Network LLC boosted its stake in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 12.7% in the third quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 2,091 shares of the company’s stock worth $107,000 after buying an additional 236 shares during the last quarter. Massmutual Trust Co. FSB ADV bought a new position in Williams-Sonoma during the fourth quarter worth about $177,000. NEXT Financial Group Inc raised its position in Williams-Sonoma by 25.7% in the third quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 3,570 shares of the company’s stock worth $182,000 after buying an additional 730 shares during the period. Brown Advisory Inc. bought a new position in Williams-Sonoma during the fourth quarter worth about $201,000. Finally, Point View Wealth Management Inc. bought a new position in Williams-Sonoma during the third quarter worth about $203,000. 98.01% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM)

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) traded up 3.52% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $48.78. 1,582,187 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company’s 50-day moving average is $48.49 and its 200-day moving average is $50.66. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has a 1-year low of $45.96 and a 1-year high of $61.97. The company has a market capitalization of $4.29 billion, a PE ratio of 14.51 and a beta of 0.97.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 17th. The company reported $0.78 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $1.25 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.26 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.93% and a return on equity of 26.59%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.77 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will post $3.40 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 24th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 26th will be issued a dividend of $0.37 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 24th. This represents a $1.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.03%. Williams-Sonoma’s payout ratio is 44.18%.

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A number of research analysts recently issued reports on WSM shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, January 7th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. lowered Williams-Sonoma from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 26th. Robert W. Baird lowered Williams-Sonoma from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $61.00 to $52.00 in a report on Monday, November 14th. Vetr cut Williams-Sonoma from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $54.14 target price on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, November 15th. Finally, Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Monday, November 21st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams-Sonoma currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $56.62.

In other news, insider James W. Jr. Brett sold 16,355 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.49, for a total transaction of $891,183.95. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 24,978 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,361,051.22. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

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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