Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Share Price

News articles about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. 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 media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the specialty retailer an impact score of 47.1397219313816 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on WSM shares. Credit Suisse Group cut shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $44.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Stifel Nicolaus started coverage on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. They set a “hold” rating and a $54.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $48.00 price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.20.

Shares of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE WSM) opened at $51.80 on Thursday. Williams-Sonoma has a twelve month low of $42.68 and a twelve month high of $55.89. The company has a market cap of $4,360.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.67, a P/E/G ratio of 1.24 and a beta of 0.87.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.94% and a return on equity of 25.45%. The business had revenue of $1.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.29 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.78 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Williams-Sonoma will post 3.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business 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 dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 24th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.01%. Williams-Sonoma’s payout ratio is 44.19%.

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About Williams-Sonoma

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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