Weight Watchers International

  • Solta Ready To Be Next Big Winner In $60 Billion Weight Loss Market

    By George Shrader - August 30, 2013 | Tickers: ARNA, NTRI, SLTM, VVUS, WTW

    With over 200 million overweight or obese Americans, the $60 billion weight loss market is an attractive space for investors looking for a company with a better mousetrap. Losing weight has been one of the most difficult challenges ever faced but now with the Solta Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLTM), breakthrough losing weight is easier and light years faster than ever before. Solta makes it instantaneous and pain free with no more »

  • Killer Apps

    By J.A. Graham - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: GRMN, OPEN, WTW, YELP

    Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) has been shedding market cap faster than clients drop pounds. Since the fourth quarter of 2012, it’s been a story of disappearing subscribers and slowing growth for this membership driven weight loss service.

    WTW rose from its zombie–like performance in 2008-2010, to dazzle the market with lively growth in 2011 and a subsequent resurrection of its market cap and its price. The growth was more »

  • Tough Times for the King of Weight Loss

    By Robert Hanley - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, MED, WTW

    Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) may be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but investors haven’t had much to cheer about lately with the stock price down 19% over the past twelve months.  The company built a global weight loss empire by focusing on face-to-face interactions, starting with the first meeting in founder Jean Nidetch’s apartment in 1963.  Since then, Weight Watchers’ behavioral treatment program has become more »

  • Too Much Weight Hard To Handle For Weight Watchers?

    By Ashley Sales - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: NKE, NTRI, WTW

    While investors consider companies, being torn down by the upsurge of tablets and smartphones, they generally tend to concentrate on PC manufacturing companies like, Hewlett-Packard and big box retailers like, Best Buy.

    However, a week ago, Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW), fell prey to the mobile revolution, blaming the ascent of mobile technology as a major contributor to its folding bottom line. The company, eminently noted for its weight loss more »

  • How to Play the Health-Conscious Consumer

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: NKE, NTRI, WTW

    You can play the health-conscious consumer trend in many different ways. Investing in Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) might not be the best option.

    Weight Watchers is facing an uphill battle due to changing industry trends. In short, it’s difficult to compete with free. This doesn’t mean Weight Watchers is down for the count, but it’s going to need one heck of a corner man and pep talk more »

  • Is Weight Watchers Oversold?

    By Jacob Steinberg - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, KRFT, WTW

    Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) produces weight-loss products, solutions, and services. On Friday, the company's shares sold off in high volume and the stock fell below $40 for the first time in years. Basically, all its gains for the last three years were erased in one day.

    The company generated $465 million in revenue and $1.39 per share in earnings this last quarter. It had to take a $20 more »

  • A Smartphone-Induced Crash Diet Crushed This Company's Bottom Line

    By Leo Sun - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MED, NKE, NTRI, WTW | Editor's Choice

    When investors think of companies taken down by the rise of smartphones and tablets, they generally think about PC manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard and big box retailers like Best Buy.

    Yet, last week, Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) became the latest casualty of the mobile revolution, blaming the rise of mobile tech as a major contributor to its crumbling bottom line. On Aug. 2, the company, best known for its weight more »

  • Does Weight Watcher’s Selloff Create a Buying Opportunity?

    By Sam Mattera - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: ARNA, NTRI, WTW

    Shares of Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) lost about one-fifth of their value on Friday, following a disappointing quarter and lowered forward guidance.

    The company’s target market is certainly not going away anytime soon, but competition in the weight loss sector is increasing significantly. At these levels, Weight Watchers is trading at a bargain valuation, but would-be investors should be mindful of the following factors.

    The shift to mobile is more »

  • Is This Weight Management Business a Good Buy Now?

    By Anh HOANG - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, USNA, WTW

    Recently, Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) has plunged as much as 20% in one trading day to around $38 per share. The significant share price drop was mainly due to the sluggish outlook for the full year. Moreover, its CEO David Kirchhoff decided to resign, and he would be replaced by the new COO James Chambers. Should we avoid Weight Watchers because of the not-so-good news? Or does the market more »

  • This Industry Leader Will Continue to Profit

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 3, 2013 | Tickers: EXPE, HRB, WTW

    With the economic recovery looking more like a sure thing, additional people will spend money on services. But you need to know the ins and outs of the industry in which you choose to invest before making any rash purchases.

    Dieters are becoming tech savvy

    Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) has fallen considerably recently. Investors are likely picking up on the fact that customers are using apps and electronic monitors more »

  • Don't Be Fooled by These Destructive Buybacks

    By Ted Cooper - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: ADS, HPQ, WTW

    Returning capital to shareholders is usually interpreted as a shareholder-friendly action -- and it often deserves this interpretation. However, the tendency of investors to view all returns of capital as positive events has emboldened the boards of struggling companies to initiate share repurchases as a show of confidence -- even when such repurchases destroy shareholder value.

    Such value destruction occurs at companies with good and bad prospects alike. For instance, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQmore »)

  • Three Weight Loss Companies Just Got A Huge Boost

    By Reuben Brewer - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: MED, NTRI, WTW

    Up until now, weight loss was a personal issue and social stigma. That's all about to change since the American Medical Association (AMA) has voted to recognize obesity as a disease. This is going to be a huge long-term boost to Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW), NutriSystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), and Medifast (NYSE: MED).

    Getting Care

    Obesity has long been an issue associated with an inability to control one's habits more »

  • Avoid This Debt-Laden Company

    By Timothy Green - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: HLF, NTRI, WTW

    The weight-loss industry is big. In the United States alone weight-loss companies record about $20 billion in annual revenue, and at any given time over 100 million Americans are attempting to diet. Weight loss systems come and go, with many proving to be ineffective at best and dangerous at worst. But Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) has been around for decades, watching fads come and go as it has grown into more »

  • One Simple Trick to Boost Your Returns

    By Ted Cooper - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: JNJ, X, WTW

    From highly-innovative companies like Apple to cyclical companies like U.S. Steel, investors will seemingly invest in anything as long as it might provide market-beating returns. It takes a lot of time and effort to figure out whether or not a company represents a good investment, but one free cash flow-based trick makes the task a lot easier for long-term investors who have a full-time job outside of investing -- and more »

  • Lose Weight and Make Money!

    By Michael Russell - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: WTW

    Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) has consistently disappointed investors over the past year. From poorly timed buybacks to disastrous investments in marketing Weight Watchers has managed to stumble at every hurdle. Critics have begun to question Weight Watchers' business model in its entirety. However, the bear case ignores both the long-term strength of the brand, and the huge short-term potential to turnaround the business.

    Weight Watchers' Impenetrable Competitive Advantage

    The majority more »

  • Recent Dip Provides Buying Opportunity for This Stock

    By Ted Cooper - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: LTM, NTRI, WTW

    Weight Watchers International(NYSE: WTW) is among the many stocks that have experienced sharp price increases over the last six months. However, the stock recently pulled back from its yearly high and now trades at a level that may be attractive for long-term investors.

    Market leader

    Weight Watchers is the unquestionable leader in the weight-loss industry. The company's strong member network and regular group meetings has proved to be more »

  • 3 Cheap Stocks You Need To Buy Now

    By Jon Quast - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: CEL, CRUS, SKUL, WTW, ZAGG

    Everyone in the stock market needs an investing strategy that grows with each investment. Over the years I have honed my investment strategy to identify investments that fit my personal preference: value investing. I look for stocks with plenty of room to grow that have mistakenly been put on sale.

    Right now, three stocks have blipped my radar that I believe present perfect value investing situations.

    On sale

    My strategy more »

  • Lose Weight With Herbalife Products and Make Money With the Stock

    By Mark Yagalla - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NTRI, WTW

    A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article really laid out the inner-workings of Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). Even I had started to wonder if Bill Ackman was right and the company was days away from an FTC investigation. By reading the article and understanding more about the company, I have come to realize that even though some may question its multi-level marketing business and its distributors, underneath is a nutrition company that makes more »

  • Good News For Health Care Stocks Part 3

    By Reuben Brewer - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: NTRI, SNY, WTW

    A recent study showed that providing Medicaid coverage to lower-income residents of Oregon led to an increased use of health care services. While not at all a surprising outcome, taking that finding a step further can lead to some interesting investing ideas.

    The Oregon Study

    The New England Journal of Medicine recently released the results of the Oregon Study. That research tracked Oregon's test of randomly assigning lower-income adults more »

  • 3 Great Stocks Trading at Trash-Bin Valuations

    By Jon Quast - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BIDU, CRUS, SCSS, WTW

    When the market oversells a stock, value investors can sometimes score a great entry point into a promising company. Think of it like trash-diving; sometimes, terrific things get mistakenly thrown out. Here are five stocks that I found in the market's garbage today, trading way below their 52-week highs.

    • Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS), down 51% 
    • Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), down 40%
    • Select Comfort International (NASDAQ: SCSS), down 35%
    • Weight Watchers more »
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