Shares of Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE:WTW) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the firm. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $20.37.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Weight Watchers International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. Vetr cut shares of Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.83 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its position in shares of Weight Watchers International by 4.1% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 143,968 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,674,000 after buying an additional 5,625 shares during the last quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP raised its position in shares of Weight Watchers International by 4.3% in the second quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP now owns 89,530 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,041,000 after buying an additional 3,700 shares during the last quarter. Sigma Planning Corp raised its position in shares of Weight Watchers International by 1.2% in the second quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 15,480 shares of the company’s stock worth $180,000 after buying an additional 180 shares during the last quarter. Palo Capital Inc. raised its position in shares of Weight Watchers International by 162.5% in the second quarter. Palo Capital Inc. now owns 37,006 shares of the company’s stock worth $430,000 after buying an additional 22,906 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Trellus Management Company LLC raised its position in shares of Weight Watchers International by 113.1% in the second quarter. Trellus Management Company LLC now owns 65,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $756,000 after buying an additional 34,500 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.90% of the company’s stock.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) traded down 2.92% on Thursday, hitting $10.64. 691,736 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a market capitalization of $679.49 million, a PE ratio of 22.07 and a beta of 3.17. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $10.50 and a 200 day moving average price of $12.44. Weight Watchers International has a 1-year low of $6.68 and a 1-year high of $28.05.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.46. The company had revenue of $310 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $318.30 million. Weight Watchers International had a net margin of 2.63% and a negative return on equity of 3.07%. Weight Watchers International’s quarterly revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.49 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Weight Watchers International will post $0.96 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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