How Does Williams Stack Up Right Now?

Williams (SONOMA,INC.(WSM):WSM) is an interesting player in the Services space, with a focus on Home Furnishing Stores. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $49.43, up from yesterday’s close by -0.90%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Does this stock stack up well when compared to its peers in the space? Let’s take a look. Williams currently trades with a market capitalization of $4.34B. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 1.10% on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

The balance sheet health of any company plays a key role in its ability to meet its obligations and maintain the faith of its investment base. For WSM, the company currently has $75.38M of cash on the books, which is offset by $125.00M current liabilities. You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $498.21M over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of 1.53 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 86.30% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

We’ve taken a serious look at this stock from a fundamental perspective, but the tale of the tape may offer more hints about what lies under the surface. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Williams recorded a 52-week high of 61.97. It is now trading 12.09 off that level. The stock is trading 52.69 its 50-day moving average by 2.81. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at 45.96.

In recent action, Williams has made a move of -10.23% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 22.61, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 73.68M with 18.94% sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of WSM.

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