The Ensign Group (ENSG) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News coverage about The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The Ensign Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.6503313013502 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

ENSG has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Cantor Fitzgerald raised their target price on shares of The Ensign Group from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. BidaskClub lowered shares of The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. ValuEngine lowered shares of The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $21.00 target price on shares of The Ensign Group in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The Ensign Group has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.50.

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) opened at $22.20 on Monday. The Ensign Group has a 12 month low of $16.50 and a 12 month high of $24.78. The company has a quick ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59. The stock has a market cap of $1,136.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.67 and a beta of 0.82.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Shareholders of record on Sunday, December 31st will be issued a $0.045 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This is an increase from The Ensign Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. This represents a $0.18 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.81%. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio is 20.00%.

In other The Ensign Group news, VP Beverly B. Wittekind sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 11th. The shares were 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 sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Barry Port sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.00, for a total transaction of $240,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 134,684 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,232,416. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 15,529 shares of company stock valued at $365,114. 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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