Year-to-Date Gain: 58%
Dividend Yield: 5.4%
The main reason: Investors think a turnover is on the way. The company got a new CEO last November, picked up big-box behemoth Walmart (WMT) as a distribution channel, then lifted its full-year outlook by 10% in July.
InvestorPlace contributor James Brumley, for one, is a strong believer in the turnaround. He wrote earlier this month:
“Given the comparative performance of the two stocks, it would be easy to call WTW an oversold equity ripe for a bounce and deem NTRI an overbought name that’s ready to pull back. But, in the case of Weight Watchers vs. NutriSystem, the results each stock has seen of late are deserved. And more of the same (respectively) could be in store.”
NutriSystem’s appeal is only sweetened when you consider dividends. There’s little growth in that aspect — it has been paying a 17.5-cent quarterly dividend since 2008 — but that’s still good for a yield around 5.4%. WTW’s payout of 1.9% pales in comparison.