Shares of WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the six research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 2,428.75 ($31.74).
SMWH has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Peel Hunt restated a “buy” rating on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Tuesday. UBS Group restated a “sell” rating on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Friday, October 11th. Finally, Peel Hunt restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 2,550 ($33.32) price objective on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Thursday, October 17th.
In related news, insider Simon Emeny acquired 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 24th. The stock was bought at an average price of GBX 2,238 ($29.24) per share, for a total transaction 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 transaction of £298,699.84 ($390,304.25).
LON:SMWH traded up GBX 30 ($0.39) during trading hours on Monday, hitting GBX 2,330 ($30.45). The company’s stock had a trading volume of 281,674 shares, compared to its average volume of 316,134. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.66 billion and a P/E ratio of 23.97. The stock has a fifty day moving average of GBX 2,154.26 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 2,049.97. The company has a current ratio of 1.07, a quick ratio of 0.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 96.62. WH Smith has a 52-week low of GBX 1,678 ($21.93) and a 52-week high of GBX 2,343.40 ($30.62).
The business also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 9th will be paid a GBX 41 ($0.54) dividend. This represents a yield of 1.86%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 9th. This is an increase from WH Smith’s previous dividend of $17.20. WH Smith’s dividend payout ratio is currently 0.84%.
WH Smith Company Profile
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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