News stories about Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams-Sonoma earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.4722572383044 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE WSM) traded up $0.59 on Monday, hitting $52.40. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,955,052 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,454,112. Williams-Sonoma has a twelve month low of $42.68 and a twelve month high of $55.89. The firm has a market cap of $4,361.12, a P/E ratio of 14.84, a PEG ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 0.87.

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

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Thursday, January 25th will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.98%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 24th. Williams-Sonoma’s payout ratio is 44.19%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Sunday, November 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Saturday, February 3rd. Oppenheimer restated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Friday, November 17th. Gordon Haskett lowered Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “reduce” rating in a report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Moffett Nathanson assumed coverage on Williams-Sonoma in a report on Monday, December 4th. They issued a “neutral” rating on the stock. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.20.

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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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