Favorable Press Coverage Likely to Impact Williams-Sonoma (WSM) Share Price

News articles about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) have been trending positive recently, Alpha One Sentiment Analysis reports. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a media sentiment score of 0.29 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 71 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely 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 AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) traded up 0.10% on Friday, reaching $49.77. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 480,718 shares. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $53.57 and a 200-day moving average price of $50.99. Williams-Sonoma has a 12-month low of $45.96 and a 12-month high of $57.40. The stock has a market cap of $4.32 billion, a PE ratio of 14.60 and a beta of 0.97.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, March 15th. The specialty retailer reported $1.55 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.51 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $1.58 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.61 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a return on equity of 26.59% and a net margin of 5.93%. The company’s revenue was down .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.55 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma will post $3.54 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 28th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, April 26th. This is a positive change from Williams-Sonoma’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.37. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.14%. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio is currently 44.18%.

A number of analysts recently commented on the company. ValuEngine raised Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Gordon Haskett initiated coverage on Williams-Sonoma in a report on Tuesday, May 9th. They issued an “accumulate” rating and a $61.00 price objective for the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price objective on Williams-Sonoma from $60.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, April 3rd. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Thursday, March 16th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $48.00 price objective on Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.27.

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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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