Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect The Ensign Group (ENSG) Stock Price

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News articles about The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The Ensign Group earned a news impact score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 45.6582685795412 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several research analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub lowered shares of The Ensign Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 30th. ValuEngine lowered shares of The Ensign Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, August 21st. Stifel Nicolaus set a $34.00 price objective on shares of The Ensign Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald lifted their price objective on shares of The Ensign Group to $42.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The Ensign Group currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $38.13.

Shares of NASDAQ:ENSG opened at $37.25 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.97 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.04, a PEG ratio of 1.47 and a beta of 0.65. The Ensign Group has a fifty-two week low of $19.94 and a fifty-two week high of $40.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.49, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a current ratio of 1.42.

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The company reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $496.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $496.61 million. The Ensign Group had a net margin of 3.61% and a return on equity of 15.61%. The Ensign Group’s quarterly revenue was up 10.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.23 EPS. research analysts expect that The Ensign Group will post 1.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other The Ensign Group news, CEO Christopher R. Christensen sold 21,241 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.42, for a total transaction of $794,838.22. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Suzanne D. Snapper sold 47,039 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.25, for a total transaction of $1,799,241.75. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 159,561 shares in the company, valued at $6,103,208.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 154,487 shares of company stock worth $5,838,391. 6.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About The Ensign Group

The Ensign Group, Inc provides health care services in the post-acute care continuum and other ancillary businesses in the United States. It operates through three segments: Transitional and Skilled Services; Assisted and Independent Living Services; and Home Health and Hospice Services. The Transitional and Skilled Services segment offers a range of medical, nursing, rehabilitative, and pharmacy services, as well as routine services, including daily dietary, social, and recreational services to Medicaid, private pay, managed care, and Medicare payors.

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