Williams-Sonoma (WSM) – Investment Analysts’ Recent Ratings Changes

A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM):

  • 10/17/2017 – Williams-Sonoma had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. They now have a $62.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/13/2017 – Williams-Sonoma was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Williams-Sonoma enjoys a competitive advantage owing to its multi-brand/multi-channel business model. The company is focused on enhancing customer experience through improved and innovative marketing techniques. Although shares of Williams-Sonoma have underperformed its industry so far this year, earnings estimates for the current quarter and the year have moved north over the last 60 days, reflecting analysts’ optimism on the stock’s prospect. However, soft retail environment and cautious consumer spending pattern raise concern.”
  • 10/12/2017 – Williams-Sonoma was downgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse Group from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating. They now have a $44.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/12/2017 – Williams-Sonoma was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $58.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Williams-Sonoma enjoys a competitive advantage owing to its multi-brand/multi-channel business model. The company is focused on enhancing customer experience through improved and innovative marketing techniques. Although shares of Williams-Sonoma have underperformed its industry so far this year, earnings estimates for the current quarter and the year have moved north over the last 60 days, reflecting analysts’ optimism on the stock’s prospect. However, soft retail environment and cautious consumer spending pattern raise concern.”
  • 10/12/2017 – Williams-Sonoma is now covered by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They set a “hold” rating and a $54.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/9/2017 – Williams-Sonoma was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating.
  • 9/28/2017 – Williams-Sonoma had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $49.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/14/2017 – Williams-Sonoma had its price target raised by analysts at Telsey Advisory Group from $49.00 to $51.00. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM) opened at 52.08 on Tuesday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $50.30 and a 200 day moving average of $48.79. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has a 12-month low of $42.68 and a 12-month high of $56.94. The company has a market capitalization of $4.43 billion, a PE ratio of 14.96 and a beta of 0.85.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 23rd. The specialty retailer reported $0.61 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $1.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.20 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.96% and a return on equity of 25.43%. Williams-Sonoma’s quarterly revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.58 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will post $3.60 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 27th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.00%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 26th. Williams-Sonoma’s payout ratio is 44.96%.

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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