Insider Buying: WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) Insider Buys 2,000 Shares of Stock

WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) insider Simon Emeny bought 2,000 shares of WH Smith stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 24th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of GBX 2,238 ($29.24) per share, for a total transaction of £44,760 ($58,486.87).

SMWH stock traded up GBX 18 ($0.24) during trading on Friday, reaching GBX 2,314 ($30.24). The stock had a trading volume of 850,488 shares, compared to its average volume of 316,134. The firm has a market cap of $2.66 billion and a PE ratio of 23.81. The stock’s 50 day moving average is GBX 2,117.68 and its two-hundred day moving average is GBX 2,044.01. 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 Plc has a 52 week low of GBX 1,678 ($21.93) and a 52 week high of GBX 2,324 ($30.37).

The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 9th will be issued a GBX 41 ($0.54) dividend. This is a boost from WH Smith’s previous dividend of $17.20. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 9th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.86%. WH Smith’s payout ratio is 0.84%.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 2,550 ($33.32) price target on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Thursday, October 17th. UBS Group reissued a “sell” rating on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Friday, October 11th. Finally, Peel Hunt reissued a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 2,550 ($33.32) target price on shares of WH Smith in a research note on Monday, October 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 2,344.17 ($30.63).

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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