CHICAGO, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Weight Watchers (WTW) announced fourth quarter earnings that were 14% higher than expectations with earnings of $.64 compared to the consensus of $.56. Moreover, forward guidance showed earnings per share (EPS) of $2.75 for 2011, but Weight Watchers (WTW) now forecasts that EPS would be between $3.50 and $3.85 for the coming year.
The news sent the stock price of Weight Watchers (WTW) skyrocketing as the stock gapped up from a closing price of $44.92 on Wednesday to an opening price of $59.00 on Thursday, eventually reaching a high of $66.22.
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