Shares of WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as GBX 2,326 ($30.39) and last traded at GBX 2,302 ($30.08), with a volume of 24876 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at GBX 2,314 ($30.24).
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on SMWH. Peel Hunt restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 2,550 ($33.32) target price on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Thursday, October 17th. Peel Hunt restated a “buy” rating on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, UBS Group restated a “sell” rating on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Friday, October 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of GBX 2,344.17 ($30.63).
The firm has a 50-day simple moving average of GBX 2,135.72 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of GBX 2,046.92. The company has a market capitalization of $2.69 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.07, a quick ratio of 0.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 96.62.
The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 9th will be given a dividend of GBX 41 ($0.54) per share. This is an increase from WH Smith’s previous dividend of $17.20. This represents a yield of 1.86%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 9th. WH Smith’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 0.84%.
In related news, insider Simon Emeny purchased 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 24th. The shares were bought at an average cost of GBX 2,238 ($29.24) per share, with a total value of £44,760 ($58,486.87). Also, insider Robert Moorhead sold 13,147 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 2,272 ($29.69), for a total value of £298,699.84 ($390,304.25).
About WH Smith (LON:SMWH)
WH Smith PLC operates as a retailer in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates in two segments, Travel and High Street. The Travel segment offers news, books, and convenience for travelling customers. As of August 31, 2018, it operated 867 units primarily in airports, railway stations, motorway service areas, hospitals, and workplaces.
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