WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as GBX 1,748 ($22.84) and last traded at GBX 1,800 ($23.52), with a volume of 1411614 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at GBX 2,034 ($26.58).
Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Thursday, August 30th. Royal Bank of Canada raised WH Smith to a “top pick” rating in a report on Monday, July 9th. Barclays reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of WH Smith in a report on Friday. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 2,300 ($30.05) price target on shares of WH Smith in a report on Friday. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. WH Smith presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 2,145 ($28.03).
The firm also recently declared 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 is an increase from WH Smith’s previous dividend of $16.00. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 10th. This represents a yield of 2.12%.
WH Smith Company Profile (LON:SMWH)
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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