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

Headlines about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 47.2207513109275 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE WSM) traded up $0.84 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $53.56. 1,182,928 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,730,865. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,267.68, a PE ratio of 14.44, a P/E/G ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.89. Williams-Sonoma has a 52-week low of $42.68 and a 52-week high of $55.89.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84. The firm had revenue of $1.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.94% and a return on equity of 25.45%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.78 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma will post 3.53 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Thursday, January 25th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 24th. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 44.19%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Moffett Nathanson began coverage on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Monday, December 4th. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Sunday, November 19th. Bank of America reduced their price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $40.00 to $38.00 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Morgan Stanley began coverage on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research note on Friday, November 17th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $48.00 price target on the stock. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Williams-Sonoma presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.39.

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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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