OxFORD Asset Management LLP raised its holdings in shares of WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE:WNS) by 18.4% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 119,102 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 18,536 shares during the period. OxFORD Asset Management LLP owned about 0.24% of WNS worth $4,311,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its holdings in shares of WNS by 116.4% during the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 526,325 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $18,085,000 after purchasing an additional 283,085 shares during the period. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of WNS by 32.6% during the second quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,081,253 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $37,152,000 after purchasing an additional 265,904 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of WNS by 228.1% during the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 272,284 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $9,938,000 after purchasing an additional 189,308 shares during the period. Lazard Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of WNS by 183.0% during the second quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 235,060 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $8,076,000 after purchasing an additional 152,014 shares during the period. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted its holdings in shares of WNS by 764.9% during the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 148,512 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $4,249,000 after purchasing an additional 131,341 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.03% of the company’s stock.
A number of research firms have recently weighed in on WNS. Needham & Company LLC increased their target price on shares of WNS from $46.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of WNS from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. J P Morgan Chase & Co increased their target price on shares of WNS from $43.00 to $45.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Barrington Research increased their target price on shares of WNS from $40.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Loop Capital reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 price target (up from $41.00) on shares of WNS in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Thirteen investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $42.83.
WNS (WNS) traded up $0.07 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $40.77. 160,200 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 197,707. WNS has a 12 month low of $25.92 and a 12 month high of $42.36. The company has a market capitalization of $2,049.96, a P/E ratio of 25.92, a P/E/G ratio of 1.78 and a beta of 1.02. The company has a current ratio of 2.37, a quick ratio of 2.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18.
WNS (NYSE:WNS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The business services provider reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.04. WNS had a net margin of 7.24% and a return on equity of 19.23%. The company had revenue of $182.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $175.36 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.42 earnings per share. WNS’s revenue was up 26.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that WNS will post 1.59 earnings per share for the current year.
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WNS Company Profile
WNS (Holdings) Limited is a global provider of business process management (BPM) services. The Company offers data, voice, analytical and business transformation services. The Company’s segments include WNS Global BPM and WNS Auto Claims BPM. Its operating segments include travel, insurance, banking and financial services, healthcare, utilities, retail and consumer products groups, auto claims and others.
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