The Ensign Group (ENSG) Receives Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.16

News articles about The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The Ensign Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 45.5462107824096 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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ENSG stock opened at $27.47 on Monday. The Ensign Group has a one year low of $16.50 and a one year high of $29.24. The company has a current ratio of 1.63, a quick ratio of 1.63 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,432.04, a PE ratio of 22.89, a P/E/G ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 0.61.

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.40. The Ensign Group had a net margin of 2.19% and a return on equity of 13.87%. The firm had revenue of $487.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $457.91 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.30 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that The Ensign Group will post 1.69 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 30th. Stockholders of record on Saturday, March 31st will be issued a $0.045 dividend. This represents a $0.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.66%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 15.00%.

ENSG has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. BidaskClub lowered shares of The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Stifel Nicolaus set a $22.00 price target on shares of The Ensign Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. SunTrust Banks set a $29.00 price target on shares of The Ensign Group and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of The Ensign Group in a research report on Monday, February 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, February 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $26.80.

In other news, Director John G. Nackel sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.50, for a total value of $127,500.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 99,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,530,416. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP Barry Port sold 4,976 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.25, for a total transaction of $140,572.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 117,742 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,326,211.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 94,292 shares of company stock worth $2,408,124 in the last three months. Insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

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The Ensign Group Company Profile

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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