Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact The Ensign Group (ENSG) Share Price

Media coverage about The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 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. The Ensign Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.1284852183976 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 stock traded down $0.42 on Thursday, hitting $26.30. 331,798 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 252,693. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a quick ratio of 1.63 and a current ratio of 1.63. The stock has a market cap of $1,367.95, a P/E ratio of 34.83, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.05 and a beta of 0.62. The Ensign Group has a 12-month low of $16.50 and a 12-month high of $29.24.

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The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ 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 analysts’ expectations of $457.91 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.30 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that The Ensign Group will post 1.69 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 30th. Investors of record on Saturday, March 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.045 per share. This represents a $0.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.68%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 28th. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 23.68%.

Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating on shares of The Ensign Group in a research report on Monday, February 12th. SunTrust Banks set a $29.00 price objective on shares of The Ensign Group and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $22.00 price objective on shares of The Ensign Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $26.80.

In related news, VP Beverly B. Wittekind sold 9,664 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.60, for a total transaction of $228,070.40. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 51,320 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,211,152. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Barry Port sold 4,976 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.25, for a total transaction of $140,572.00. Following 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. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 122,286 shares of company stock worth $3,070,616. 6.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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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