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Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers Rally as Dieters Flock to Programs

Diet season is looking very good for Nutrisystem Inc. and Weight Watchers International Inc.

Shares of the two companies surged Tuesday after Nutrisystem’s earnings forecast topped analysts’ projections and subscribers grew for the fourth straight quarter at Weight Watchers, a program backed by Oprah Winfrey.

The period following the holiday season is pivotal for the companies because that’s when dieters often make resolutions to lose weight.

Nutrisystem, which also posted fourth-quarter profit and sales that beat predictions, rallied 19 percent to $46.50 in New York, the biggest...


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