Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Share Price

Media stories about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.7755510288887 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

WSM has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Moffett Nathanson initiated coverage on Williams-Sonoma in a report on Monday, December 4th. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Williams-Sonoma from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 21st. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Sunday, November 19th. Bank of America cut their price objective on Williams-Sonoma from $40.00 to $38.00 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on Williams-Sonoma in a report on Friday, November 17th. They set a “hold” rating and a $48.00 price objective on the stock. Six investment 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. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.25.

Williams-Sonoma (WSM) opened at $55.49 on Friday. Williams-Sonoma has a 12 month low of $42.68 and a 12 month high of $55.89. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,670.00, a PE ratio of 15.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.89.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.84. Williams-Sonoma had a return on equity of 25.45% and a net margin of 5.94%. The company had revenue of $1.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.29 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.78 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Williams-Sonoma will post 3.54 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 25th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 24th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.81%. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 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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