News articles about Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Weingarten Realty Investors earned a news sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.2393108276279 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co decreased their price target on shares of Weingarten Realty Investors from $35.00 to $34.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Boenning Scattergood set a $30.00 target price on shares of Weingarten Realty Investors and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 target price on shares of Weingarten Realty Investors in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 target price on shares of Weingarten Realty Investors in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.25.

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE WRI) traded down $0.40 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $32.18. 416,884 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 856,092. The company has a current ratio of 1.22, a quick ratio of 1.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24. The company has a market capitalization of $4,184.20, a PE ratio of 13.35, a PEG ratio of 3.24 and a beta of 0.71. Weingarten Realty Investors has a 12-month low of $29.03 and a 12-month high of $36.82.

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.01. Weingarten Realty Investors had a net margin of 36.86% and a return on equity of 12.07%. The company had revenue of $141.06 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $139.72 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.58 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that Weingarten Realty Investors will post 2.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 26th will be issued a dividend of $0.75 per share. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 9.32%. This is a boost from Weingarten Realty Investors’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. Weingarten Realty Investors’s dividend payout ratio is presently 94.48%.

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About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers it owns or leases. The Company also provides property management services. The Company is in the business of owning, managing and developing retail shopping centers.

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