Wyndham Worldwide Co. (WYN) Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Analysts
Shares of Wyndham Worldwide Co. (NYSE:WYN) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $107.83.
A number of research firms have recently issued reports on WYN. Macquarie began coverage on Wyndham Worldwide in a research report on Friday, January 5th. They issued an “underperform” rating for the company. ValuEngine upgraded Wyndham Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on Wyndham Worldwide from $113.00 to $123.00 in a report on Friday, January 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Wyndham Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. Finally, Wolfe Research upgraded Wyndham Worldwide from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st.
Shares of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) opened at $113.37 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.00, a current ratio of 0.96 and a quick ratio of 0.81. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,490.00, a P/E ratio of 20.35 and a beta of 1.36. Wyndham Worldwide has a 52-week low of $75.80 and a 52-week high of $117.95.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 27th were paid a $0.58 dividend. This represents a $2.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.05%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 24th. Wyndham Worldwide’s payout ratio is currently 41.65%.
Wyndham Worldwide announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Wednesday, October 25th that authorizes the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.
In related news, Director George Herrera sold 311 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.82, for a total value of $32,910.02. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Scott G. Mclester sold 15,381 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $115.00, for a total value of $1,768,815.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 8,917 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,025,455. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.39% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of WYN. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA acquired a new stake in shares of Wyndham Worldwide during the second quarter worth about $158,000. Jane Street Group LLC acquired a new stake in Wyndham Worldwide in the third quarter valued at about $209,000. Pacer Advisors Inc. lifted its position in Wyndham Worldwide by 8.6% in the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 2,158 shares of the company’s stock valued at $217,000 after purchasing an additional 171 shares during the period. Rational Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Wyndham Worldwide in the third quarter valued at about $253,000. Finally, Cetera Investment Advisers acquired a new stake in Wyndham Worldwide in the second quarter valued at about $300,000. 94.09% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
Wyndham Worldwide Company Profile
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is a hospitality company. The Company offers a range of hospitality services and products through its global portfolio of brands. The Company operates through three segments: Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Destination Network and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The Company’s brands include Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Wingate by Wyndham, Microtel Inns & Suites by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, RCI, Landal GreenParks, Novasol, Hoseasons, cottages.com, James Villa Holidays, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Shell Vacations Club and WorldMark by Wyndham.
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