Welltower (WELL) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

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Media coverage about Welltower (NYSE:WELL) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Welltower earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.2855821819688 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of NYSE:WELL opened at $63.14 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $23.61 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.00, a PEG ratio of 2.59 and a beta of 0.26. Welltower has a 1-year low of $49.58 and a 1-year high of $75.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81, a current ratio of 1.77 and a quick ratio of 1.77.

Welltower (NYSE:WELL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.99 by ($0.58). The firm had revenue of $1.13 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.10 billion. Welltower had a return on equity of 4.95% and a net margin of 13.64%. Welltower’s quarterly revenue was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Welltower will post 4.02 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 21st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, August 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.87 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, August 6th. This represents a $3.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.51%. Welltower’s dividend payout ratio is currently 82.66%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on WELL. SunTrust Banks set a $64.00 price target on Welltower and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 30th. ValuEngine cut Welltower from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 6th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $63.00 price target on Welltower and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on Welltower from $70.00 to $63.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, June 14th. Finally, Raymond James raised Welltower from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $60.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, May 21st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Welltower has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $63.87.

Welltower Company Profile

Welltower Inc (NYSE:WELL), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience.

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