Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) – Analysts at Wedbush decreased their Q1 2019 EPS estimates for Williams-Sonoma in a research note issued to investors on Friday. Wedbush analyst S. Basham now anticipates that the specialty retailer will earn $0.50 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.52. Wedbush also issued estimates for Williams-Sonoma’s Q4 2019 earnings at $1.72 EPS.

Several other equities research analysts have also commented on the stock. Credit Suisse Group lowered shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $44.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Thursday, October 12th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Deutsche Bank AG lowered their target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $52.00 to $50.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $48.00 target price on shares of Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Williams-Sonoma has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.39.

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Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) traded up $0.69 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $46.28. 1,866,691 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,718,815. Williams-Sonoma has a one year low of $42.68 and a one year high of $56.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $3,938.36, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.28, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.91.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.84. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 5.94% and a return on equity of 25.45%. The company had revenue of $1.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.29 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.78 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in WSM. Ffcm LLC acquired a new stake in Williams-Sonoma during the 3rd quarter worth $125,000. Alpha Omega Wealth Management LLC raised its stake in Williams-Sonoma by 828.3% during the 2nd quarter. Alpha Omega Wealth Management LLC now owns 2,785 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $135,000 after acquiring an additional 2,485 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its stake in Williams-Sonoma by 10.4% during the 2nd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,911 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $141,000 after acquiring an additional 274 shares in the last quarter. IFP Advisors Inc raised its stake in Williams-Sonoma by 39.8% during the 2nd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 2,945 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $143,000 after acquiring an additional 838 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. raised its stake in Williams-Sonoma by 7.1% during the 2nd quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 3,750 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $182,000 after acquiring an additional 250 shares in the last quarter. 99.33% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 27th will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 26th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.37%. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 44.19%.

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM)

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