Media coverage about Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Whitestone REIT earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.7411015087664 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Several research analysts have recently commented on the company. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Whitestone REIT in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. ValuEngine upgraded Whitestone REIT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Whitestone REIT from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whitestone REIT in a report on Thursday, November 30th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $14.75.

Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) traded up $0.14 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $13.78. The stock had a trading volume of 216,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 306,237. Whitestone REIT has a fifty-two week low of $10.80 and a fifty-two week high of $15.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.87, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.82. The stock has a market cap of $530.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 76.56 and a beta of 1.04.

Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.07. Whitestone REIT had a return on equity of 2.22% and a net margin of 5.77%. The business had revenue of $33.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $32.78 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.33 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 32.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Whitestone REIT will post 1.02 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 14th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 5th will be issued a dividend of $0.095 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 2nd. This represents a $1.14 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 8.27%. Whitestone REIT’s dividend payout ratio is presently 633.33%.

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Whitestone REIT Company Profile

Whitestone REIT is a real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in various metropolitan areas. The Company’s acquisition targets are located in densely populated, culturally diverse neighborhoods, primarily in and around Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio.

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