The Ensign Group (ENSG) Given Daily News Impact Rating of 0.17

Media stories about The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. The Ensign Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 45.5869807192682 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Cantor Fitzgerald raised their target price on The Ensign Group from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. BidaskClub lowered The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. ValuEngine lowered The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 target price on shares of The Ensign Group in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The Ensign Group presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $24.50.

Shares of The Ensign Group (ENSG) opened at $22.10 on Wednesday. The Ensign Group has a 12-month low of $16.50 and a 12-month high of $24.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,145.20, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.56 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 1.53.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Stockholders of record on Sunday, December 31st will be given a dividend of $0.045 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This is a positive change from The Ensign Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. This represents a $0.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.81%. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 18.89%.

In related news, VP Barry Port sold 10,000 shares of The Ensign Group stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.00, for a total value of $240,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 134,684 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,232,416. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Beverly B. Wittekind sold 5,000 shares of The Ensign Group stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.55, for a total value 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 approximately $1,052,092.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 15,529 shares of company stock valued at $365,114. 6.20% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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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