Rice Hall James & Associates LLC increased its stake in shares of WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE:WNS) by 20.3% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 644,114 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 108,865 shares during the period. WNS (Holdings) Limited comprises about 1.0% of Rice Hall James & Associates LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 28th largest position. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC’s holdings in WNS (Holdings) Limited were worth $22,132,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Stifel Financial Corp boosted its stake in WNS (Holdings) Limited by 3.3% in the first quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 10,905 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $312,000 after buying an additional 344 shares in the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. boosted its stake in WNS (Holdings) Limited by 28.0% in the first quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 7,860 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $224,000 after buying an additional 1,720 shares in the last quarter. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC boosted its stake in WNS (Holdings) Limited by 3.0% in the first quarter. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC now owns 78,191 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,237,000 after buying an additional 2,283 shares in the last quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in WNS (Holdings) Limited by 19.0% in the second quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. now owns 20,722 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $712,000 after buying an additional 3,303 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Envestnet Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in WNS (Holdings) Limited by 5.0% in the first quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 78,503 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,248,000 after buying an additional 3,704 shares in the last quarter. 86.78% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of WNS (NYSE WNS) opened at 34.70 on Friday. WNS has a 12 month low of $24.82 and a 12 month high of $36.07. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $34.39 and its 200 day moving average is $31.23. The company has a market capitalization of $1.75 billion, a PE ratio of 43.43 and a beta of 0.97.

WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE:WNS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $0.45 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.45. WNS (Holdings) Limited had a net margin of 6.66% and a return on equity of 18.73%. The firm had revenue of $175.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $162.73 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.45 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 18.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that WNS will post $1.99 EPS for the current year.

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Several research firms recently commented on WNS. Bank of America Corporation boosted their price objective on shares of WNS (Holdings) Limited from $37.00 to $38.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Cowen and Company raised shares of WNS (Holdings) Limited from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $38.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, June 14th. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 price objective on shares of WNS (Holdings) Limited in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of WNS (Holdings) Limited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, May 27th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. boosted their price objective on shares of WNS (Holdings) Limited from $38.00 to $40.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $38.50.

About WNS (Holdings) Limited

WNS (Holdings) Limited is a global provider of business process management (BPM) services. The Company offers data, voice, analytical and business transformation services. The Company’s segments include WNS Global BPM and WNS Auto Claims BPM. Its operating segments include travel, insurance, banking and financial services, healthcare, utilities, retail and consumer products groups, auto claims and others.

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