Media coverage about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research firm, a unit of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 87 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected AlphaOne’s rankings:
- Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM) Given “Hold” Rating at Jefferies Group LLC (americanbankingnews.com)
- Pottery Barn’s big problem: Your tiny apartment (latimes.com)
- Williams-Sonoma’s (WSM) Hold Rating Reaffirmed at CIBC (americanbankingnews.com)
- SunTrust Banks Equities Analysts Increase Earnings Estimates for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM) Expected to Post Q2 2018 Earnings of $0.58 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
WSM has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $60.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, April 3rd. Wedbush cut their target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $53.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, March 6th. Credit Suisse Group AG set a $44.00 target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 13th. William Blair downgraded shares of Williams-Sonoma from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 16th. Finally, Robert W. Baird downgraded shares of Williams-Sonoma from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams-Sonoma has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $56.16.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) opened at 49.13 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $52.86 and a 200-day moving average of $51.07. Williams-Sonoma has a 1-year low of $45.96 and a 1-year high of $57.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.27 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.31 and a beta of 0.97.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 24th. The specialty retailer reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $1.11 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.11 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.93% and a return on equity of 26.59%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.53 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Williams-Sonoma will post $3.56 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 28th were given a dividend of $0.39 per share. This is a positive change from Williams-Sonoma’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.37. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.18%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, April 26th. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio is 44.18%.
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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