Shares of WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 2,150 ($28.09).
A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Tuesday, October 16th. Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Friday, October 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 2,300 ($30.05) target price on shares of WH Smith in a report on Friday, October 12th. Finally, Peel Hunt reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Thursday, August 30th.
Shares of SMWH traded down GBX 6 ($0.08) on Friday, reaching GBX 1,774 ($23.18). The stock had a trading volume of 282,174 shares, compared to its average volume of 316,134. WH Smith has a twelve month low of GBX 1,635 ($21.36) and a twelve month high of GBX 2,347 ($30.67).
The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 31st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 10th will be issued a dividend of GBX 38.10 ($0.50) per share. This represents a yield of 2.12%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 10th. This is a boost from WH Smith’s previous dividend of $16.00.
WH Smith Company Profile
WH Smith PLC operates as a retailer in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates through two segments, High Street and Travel. The High Street segment sells stationery products, including greetings cards, general stationery, art and craft, and gifting products; news and impulse products, such as newspapers, magazines, confectionery, and drinks; and books.
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