Media stories about Potlatch (NASDAQ:PCH) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Potlatch earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.3107216647131 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on PCH shares. BidaskClub cut Potlatch from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Vertical Research cut Potlatch from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Potlatch in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. DA Davidson lifted their price target on Potlatch to $47.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Potlatch from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a hold rating to the stock. Potlatch currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $49.40.

Potlatch (NASDAQ:PCH) opened at $50.55 on Friday. Potlatch has a 52-week low of $39.05 and a 52-week high of $56.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.92, a quick ratio of 1.72 and a current ratio of 2.17. The company has a market capitalization of $2,081.31, a PE ratio of 22.88, a P/E/G ratio of 4.29 and a beta of 1.44.

Potlatch (NASDAQ:PCH) last posted its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.94 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.06. Potlatch had a return on equity of 54.42% and a net margin of 13.54%. The business had revenue of $190.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $187.29 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.68 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 9.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Potlatch will post 2.39 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.17%. This is a boost from Potlatch’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 7th. Potlatch’s payout ratio is presently 73.73%.

In other Potlatch news, VP William R. Dereu sold 4,720 shares of Potlatch stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.50, for a total transaction of $247,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 26,142 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,372,455. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. 1.52% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Potlatch Company Profile

Potlatch Corporation is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which is primarily engaged in activities associated with timberland management, including the sale of timber, management of timberlands, and purchase and sale of timberlands. The Company is also engaged in the manufacture and sale of wood products.

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