Stock Traders Buy High Volume of Call Options on WisdomTree Investments (WETF)
WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Investors acquired 3,992 call options on the company. This is an increase of 3,738% compared to the average volume of 104 call options.
A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on WETF shares. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $14.00 price objective on shares of WisdomTree Investments in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Deutsche Bank started coverage on WisdomTree Investments in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $13.00 price objective on the stock. Citigroup reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of WisdomTree Investments in a report on Monday, October 30th. Northland Securities reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $12.00 price objective on shares of WisdomTree Investments in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised WisdomTree Investments from an “underperform” rating to a “mkt perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. WisdomTree Investments has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $11.28.
Shares of WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ WETF) opened at $11.63 on Thursday. WisdomTree Investments has a one year low of $7.87 and a one year high of $13.32. The company has a market capitalization of $1,642.94, a PE ratio of 52.17, a PEG ratio of 2.83 and a beta of 3.16.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 8th were paid a $0.08 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 7th. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.75%. WisdomTree Investments’s payout ratio is 145.46%.
Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 3.2% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 10,709,512 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $108,916,000 after buying an additional 327,661 shares during the last quarter. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 7.5% in the second quarter. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC now owns 7,936,900 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $80,718,000 after buying an additional 553,400 shares during the last quarter. Capital World Investors boosted its stake in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 123.0% in the second quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 6,800,000 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $69,156,000 after buying an additional 3,750,000 shares during the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC purchased a new stake in shares of WisdomTree Investments in the second quarter worth about $46,241,000. Finally, Jackson Square Partners LLC boosted its stake in shares of WisdomTree Investments by 4.9% in the third quarter. Jackson Square Partners LLC now owns 3,310,365 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $33,699,000 after buying an additional 153,705 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.61% of the company’s stock.
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About WisdomTree Investments
WisdomTree Investments, Inc is an asset management company that focuses on exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The Company’s family of ETFs includes funds that track its own indexes, funds that track third party indexes and actively managed funds. It operates as an exchange traded products sponsor and asset manager providing investment advisory services in the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan.
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