WW International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WW) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Traders purchased 8,998 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 180% compared to the typical volume of 3,213 call options.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on WW shares. Oppenheimer reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of WW International in a research note on Wednesday, December 2nd. Citigroup reduced their target price on shares of WW International from $35.00 to $32.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, September 25th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of WW International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 31st. DA Davidson lifted their target price on shares of WW International from $33.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 9th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. 3% Minimum Coupon Principal Protected Based Upon Russell cut their price objective on shares of WW International from $35.00 to $32.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. WW International has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.23.

In other news, Director Oprah Winfrey sold 312,142 shares of WW International stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.10, for a total value of $9,707,616.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 4,917,471 shares in the company, valued at $152,933,348.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Corinne Pollier-Bousquet sold 15,232 shares of WW International stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.65, for a total transaction of $345,004.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 49,680 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,125,252. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 1,391,672 shares of company stock valued at $40,372,535 in the last 90 days. 12.48% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of WW International by 2.0% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 524,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,318,000 after purchasing an additional 10,276 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its position in shares of WW International by 0.9% during the 2nd quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 71,190 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,807,000 after purchasing an additional 601 shares during the last quarter. New South Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of WW International by 4.0% during the 2nd quarter. New South Capital Management Inc. now owns 959,975 shares of the company’s stock valued at $24,364,000 after purchasing an additional 37,051 shares during the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of WW International by 280.9% during the 3rd quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,695 shares of the company’s stock valued at $32,000 after purchasing an additional 1,250 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Kendall Capital Management purchased a new stake in shares of WW International during the 3rd quarter valued at about $324,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 80.08% of the company’s stock.

Shares of WW International stock opened at $25.35 on Thursday. WW International has a 1 year low of $9.75 and a 1 year high of $46.18. The firm has a market cap of $1.73 billion, a PE ratio of 20.95, a PEG ratio of 1.04 and a beta of 2.88. The company has a 50 day simple moving average of $27.66 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $24.77.

WW International (NASDAQ:WW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 29th. The company reported $0.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.07. WW International had a net margin of 5.96% and a negative return on equity of 17.46%. The business had revenue of $321.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $322.26 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.68 earnings per share. WW International’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that WW International will post 1.69 EPS for the current year.

WW International Company Profile

WW International, Inc provides weight management products and services worldwide. The company operates in four segments: North America, Continental Europe, United Kingdom, and Other. It offers a range of nutritional, activity, behavioral, and lifestyle tools and approaches products and services. The company also provides various digital subscription products to wellness and weight management business, which provide interactive and personalized resources that allow users to follow its weight management program via its Web-based and mobile app products, including personal coaching and digital products; and allows members to inspire and support each other by sharing their experiences with other people on weight management and wellness journeys.

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