WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) insider Ian Houghton sold 44,449 shares of WH Smith Plc stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 1,547 ($18.85), for a total transaction of £687,626.03 ($838,057.32).

WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) traded up 1.94% during trading on Wednesday, reaching GBX 1575.00. 179,454 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. WH Smith Plc has a 52 week low of GBX 1,174.00 and a 52 week high of GBX 1,893.00. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of GBX 1,546.24 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 1,616.30. The firm’s market capitalization is GBX 1.80 billion.

The company also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 2nd. Investors of record on Thursday, January 12th will be given a GBX 30.50 ($0.37) dividend. This represents a yield of 1.99%. This is a positive change from WH Smith Plc’s previous dividend of $13.40. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 12th.

Several research firms have weighed in on SMWH. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating and set a GBX 2,000 ($24.38) target price on shares of WH Smith Plc in a research report on Monday, July 11th. Investec reissued a “hold” rating and set a GBX 1,550 ($18.89) target price on shares of WH Smith Plc in a research report on Thursday, October 13th. Liberum Capital reissued a “hold” rating and set a GBX 1,700 ($20.72) target price on shares of WH Smith Plc in a research report on Wednesday, August 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of WH Smith Plc in a research report on Thursday, August 25th. Finally, Peel Hunt reissued a “buy” rating on shares of WH Smith Plc in a research report on Thursday, October 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of GBX 1,678.93 ($20.46).

About WH Smith Plc

WH Smith PLC is a United Kingdom-based retail company. The Company operates through two divisions, namely, High Street and Travel. The Company’s Travel business sells its products to cater for people on the move or in need of a convenience offer. Its Travel business operates from around 740 units, including in airports, railway stations, motorway service areas, hospitals and workplaces.

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