Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) Stock Coverage Initiated at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

Analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. initiated coverage on Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) stock, rating the company at Outperform.Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. The one-year price target of $57.95 is higher than the opening price of $50.33, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Williams-Sonoma Inc. stock has a high of $79.55. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates after initiating coverage,. Changes in price targets are not uncommon.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) shares last traded at $50.01, which is a drop of $0.04 from the previous closing price. Opening at $50.33, they varied from $49.58 and $50.85 throughout the day.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) currently has a market cap of 4.43B.

236,500 shares traded hands yesterday, 94 percent below the average, out of a total float 74,886,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) now has a 50-day MA of $52.06 and 200-day MA of $54.18. It has traded in a 52-week range between $47.33 – 79.55 and today’s last price is 0.37% lower than the 52 week high of $79.55.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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