Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL grew its holdings in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) by 25.3% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 34,700 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after acquiring an additional 7,000 shares during the period. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL’s holdings in Williams-Sonoma were worth $1,730,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 14.2% in the third quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 109,949 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $5,485,000 after buying an additional 13,689 shares in the last quarter. Ffcm LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Williams-Sonoma in the third quarter worth about $125,000. Aviance Capital Partners LLC lifted its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 73.3% in the third quarter. Aviance Capital Partners LLC now owns 16,163 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $806,000 after buying an additional 6,834 shares in the last quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC lifted its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 6.2% in the third quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC now owns 170,604 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $8,506,000 after buying an additional 9,994 shares in the last quarter. Finally, D.A. Davidson & CO. lifted its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 1.3% in the third quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 173,737 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $8,662,000 after buying an additional 2,160 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.62% of the company’s stock.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) traded down $0.45 on Wednesday, hitting $53.80. The stock had a trading volume of 1,886,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,732,244. The company has a market capitalization of $4,582.93, a PE ratio of 15.46, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.02 and a beta of 0.89. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has a 1 year low of $42.68 and a 1 year high of $56.94.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.84. Williams-Sonoma had a return on equity of 25.45% and a net margin of 5.94%. The company had revenue of $1.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.29 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.78 earnings per share. Williams-Sonoma’s revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will post 3.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 27th were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 26th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.90%. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio is currently 44.19%.

WSM has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Buckingham Research decreased their target price on Williams-Sonoma from $53.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Credit Suisse Group set a $44.00 target price on Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Royal Bank Of Canada boosted their target price on Williams-Sonoma from $49.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Bank of America reiterated an “underperform” rating and issued a $40.00 target price (down from $44.00) on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $48.00 target price on Williams-Sonoma and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams-Sonoma has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.39.

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Williams-Sonoma Company Profile

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM)

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