Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Easterly Government Properties (NYSE:DEA) Stock Price

Media stories about Easterly Government Properties (NYSE:DEA) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive 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 negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Easterly Government Properties earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.6359585425184 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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Several equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Easterly Government Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 20th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 target price on shares of Easterly Government Properties in a report on Monday, January 22nd.

Shares of DEA stock traded up $0.06 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $20.40. The company had a trading volume of 416,062 shares, compared to its average volume of 454,325. Easterly Government Properties has a 52-week low of $19.03 and a 52-week high of $22.32. The company has a market capitalization of $898.01, a PE ratio of 204.02 and a beta of 0.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73, a quick ratio of 1.94 and a current ratio of 1.94.

Easterly Government Properties (NYSE:DEA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.03 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.32 by ($0.29). Easterly Government Properties had a return on equity of 0.54% and a net margin of 3.05%. The business had revenue of $36.33 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $35.83 million. research analysts predict that Easterly Government Properties will post 1.33 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 28th. Investors of record on Tuesday, March 13th were given a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.10%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, March 12th. Easterly Government Properties’s dividend payout ratio is presently 1,040.10%.

In other news, CAO Alison M. Bernard acquired 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 13th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $19.75 per share, for a total transaction of $39,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 501 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,894.75. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders own 15.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Easterly Government Properties

Easterly Government Properties, Inc is an internally managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the United States Government agencies. The Company leases its properties to such agencies through the United States General Services Administration (GSA).

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