Contrasting Weight Watchers International (WTW) And Service Corporation International (SCI)

Weight Watchers International logoVanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Weight Watchers International Inc (NYSE:WTW) by 4.9% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 2,368,696 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 111,648 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. owned approximately 3.70% of Weight Watchers International worth $36,881,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY raised its stake in Weight Watchers International by 14.0% in the fourth quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 20,115 shares of the company’s stock worth $230,000 after buying an additional 2,475 shares during the last quarter. Clinton Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Weight Watchers International during the first quarter worth $271,000. Brandes Investment Partners LP purchased a new stake in Weight Watchers International during the first quarter worth $173,000. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its stake in Weight Watchers International by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 47,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $538,000 after buying an additional 2,217 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp raised its stake in Weight Watchers International by 6.6% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 491,758 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,626,000 after buying an additional 30,414 shares during the last quarter. 84.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Weight Watchers International Inc (WTW) traded up 0.81% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $48.77. 372,295 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $3.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.24 and a beta of 3.06. Weight Watchers International Inc has a one year low of $9.37 and a one year high of $49.32. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $37.31 and its 200-day moving average is $24.00.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.67 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.17. Weight Watchers International had a net margin of 8.52% and a negative return on equity of 7.70%. The company had revenue of $341.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $329.55 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.46 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Weight Watchers International Inc will post $1.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of Weight Watchers International from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Weight Watchers International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 5th. ValuEngine raised shares of Weight Watchers International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Sidoti lowered shares of Weight Watchers International from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Weight Watchers International from $13.00 to $18.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a report on Monday, May 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $20.44.

In other news, insider Corinne Pollier-Bousquet sold 6,600 shares of Weight Watchers International stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.75, for a total value of $169,950.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 12,795 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $329,471.25. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 15.75% of the company’s stock.

About Weight Watchers International

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW)

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