Media headlines about Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring 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. Weight Watchers International earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 47.0630038962379 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Acushnet (GOLF) vs. Weight Watchers International (WTW) Financial Comparison (americanbankingnews.com)
- Hot Stock in the Spotlight – Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) – The Investor Guide (wallstreetnews24.com)
- Head to Head Review: Weight Watchers International (WTW) and The Competition (americanbankingnews.com)
- Reviewing Weight Watchers International (WTW) and Its Rivals (americanbankingnews.com)
- 3 Companies That Could Eat Blue Apron's Lunch (finance.yahoo.com)
Several research firms have issued reports on WTW. ValuEngine upgraded Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Craig Hallum reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price target (up previously from $70.00) on shares of Weight Watchers International in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 price target (up previously from $86.00) on shares of Weight Watchers International in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised Weight Watchers International from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Sidoti raised Weight Watchers International from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $72.00.
Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.31 by $0.06. Weight Watchers International had a negative return on equity of 10.38% and a net margin of 12.52%. The business had revenue of $312.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $309.35 million. research analysts predict that Weight Watchers International will post 2.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In related news, Director Oprah Winfrey sold 262,860 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.92, for a total value of $16,539,151.20. Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,009,283 shares in the company, valued at $378,104,086.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Denis F. Kelly purchased 2,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $62.43 per share, for a total transaction of $137,346.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 41,852 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,612,820.36. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 15.75% of the company’s stock.
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About Weight Watchers International
Weight Watchers International, Inc is a provider of weight management services. The Company operates globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. The Company’s branded products and services include meetings conducted by its franchisees, digital weight management products provided through its Websites, mobile sites and applications, products sold at meetings, licensed products sold in retail channels and magazine subscriptions and other publications.
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