Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV Has $1.48 Million Stock Position in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM)

Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV lowered its holdings in shares of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSMGet Rating) by 5.2% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 8,728 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 475 shares during the period. Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV’s holdings in Williams-Sonoma were worth $1,476,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of WSM. Marshall Wace North America L.P. acquired a new position in Williams-Sonoma in the 1st quarter worth about $56,000. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in Williams-Sonoma by 5.1% in the 1st quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 37,903 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $2,133,000 after purchasing an additional 1,839 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley increased its holdings in Williams-Sonoma by 22.9% in the 2nd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 474,726 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $75,790,000 after purchasing an additional 88,442 shares in the last quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd increased its stake in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 17.8% in the third quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd now owns 2,035 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $361,000 after buying an additional 307 shares during the period. Finally, Commonwealth Equity Services LLC raised its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 13.8% during the third quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC now owns 27,212 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $4,825,000 after acquiring an additional 3,309 shares during the last quarter. 97.43% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other news, Director Sabrina Simmons sold 2,030 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $153.85, for a total transaction of $312,315.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Laura Alber sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $152.04, for a total transaction of $3,040,800.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 27,030 shares of company stock valued at $4,173,666. 1.60% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

WSM has been the subject of several analyst reports. Morgan Stanley restated a “hold” rating and set a $170.00 price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a report on Friday, March 18th. Barclays dropped their price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $219.00 to $186.00 in a research report on Friday, April 1st. Wedbush restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $200.00 price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Thursday, March 31st. StockNews.com downgraded shares of Williams-Sonoma from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price target on shares of Williams-Sonoma from $202.00 to $220.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 17th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat.com, the company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $177.53.

WSM opened at $135.26 on Friday. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has a 1-year low of $127.85 and a 1-year high of $223.32. The company has a market cap of $9.68 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.13, a PEG ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 1.55. The company’s fifty day moving average price is $147.25 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $166.35.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSMGet Rating) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, March 16th. The specialty retailer reported $5.42 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $4.82 by $0.60. The company had revenue of $2.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.58 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a net margin of 13.66% and a return on equity of 73.38%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $3.95 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will post 15.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.78 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 21st. This is an increase from Williams-Sonoma’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.71. This represents a $3.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.31%. Williams-Sonoma’s payout ratio is presently 19.18%.

Williams-Sonoma Company Profile (Get Rating)

Williams-Sonoma, Inc operates as an omni-channel specialty retailer of various products for home. It offers cooking, dining, and entertaining products, such as cookware, tools, electrics, cutlery, tabletop and bar, outdoor, furniture, and a library of cookbooks under the Williams Sonoma brand, as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories under the Williams Sonoma Home brand; and furniture, bedding, lighting, rugs, table essentials, and decorative accessories under the Pottery Barn brand.

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