Press coverage about The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. The Ensign Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 46.001005077881 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Shares of The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) traded up $0.19 during trading on Friday, hitting $23.89. 115,934 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 242,163. The firm has a market cap of $1,220.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.25 and a beta of 0.84. The Ensign Group has a 1-year low of $16.50 and a 1-year high of $24.78. The company has a current ratio of 1.53, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Investors of record on Sunday, December 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.045 per share. This is a positive change from The Ensign Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.18 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.75%. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio is 19.78%.
Several analysts have recently issued reports on ENSG shares. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on shares of The Ensign Group to $27.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, November 20th. ValuEngine cut shares of The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Cantor Fitzgerald upped their price target on shares of The Ensign Group from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $26.67.
In related news, VP Beverly B. Wittekind sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $22.55, for a total transaction of $112,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 46,656 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,052,092.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Barry Port sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.00, for a total transaction of $240,000.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 134,684 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,232,416. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 25,193 shares of company stock valued at $593,184. 6.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.
About The Ensign Group
The Ensign Group, Inc, through its operating subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as other ancillary businesses located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
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