News stories about The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. The Ensign Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 46.1259027755438 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of The Ensign Group (ENSG) traded up 0.41% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $19.81. The stock had a trading volume of 81,285 shares. The firm has a market cap of $1.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.06 and a beta of 0.84. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $21.07 and its 200 day moving average price is $19.65. The Ensign Group has a 52-week low of $16.50 and a 52-week high of $23.35.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 31st. Investors of record on Friday, June 30th were given a dividend of $0.0425 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $0.17 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.86%. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 20.24%.

ENSG has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded The Ensign Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. BidaskClub downgraded The Ensign Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, TheStreet upgraded The Ensign Group from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $22.00.

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In related news, VP Barry Port sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.00, for a total transaction of $230,000.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 135,642 shares in the company, valued at $3,119,766. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 11,539 shares of company stock worth $263,781. 6.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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