Shares of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation, two have assigned a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $40.69.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on WTW shares. B. Riley set a $65.00 price objective on Weight Watchers International and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday. ValuEngine raised Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Craig Hallum reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price objective (up from $50.00) on shares of Weight Watchers International in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Sei Investments Co. lifted its holdings in Weight Watchers International by 3,364.2% in the 3rd quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 4,157 shares of the company’s stock worth $181,000 after purchasing an additional 4,037 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new stake in Weight Watchers International in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $216,000. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL bought a new stake in Weight Watchers International in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $226,000. Bluestein R H & Co. bought a new stake in Weight Watchers International in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $240,000. Finally, Hanseatic Management Services Inc. increased its stake in Weight Watchers International by 11,463.5% in the 3rd quarter. Hanseatic Management Services Inc. now owns 6,013 shares of the company’s stock worth $262,000 after acquiring an additional 5,961 shares during the last quarter. 86.49% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Weight Watchers International (NYSE WTW) opened at $47.45 on Friday. Weight Watchers International has a 52 week low of $11.02 and a 52 week high of $54.47. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.74, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a current ratio of 0.96. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,958.71, a PE ratio of 30.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 2.96.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 6th. The company reported $0.65 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.14. Weight Watchers International had a negative return on equity of 8.81% and a net margin of 9.03%. The firm had revenue of $323.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $319.40 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.53 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Weight Watchers International will post 1.57 earnings per share for the current year.

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Weight Watchers International Company Profile

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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