News stories about Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE:AHP) have been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ashford Hospitality Prime earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.9199301994954 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE AHP) traded up $0.15 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $9.68. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 186,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 180,200. Ashford Hospitality Prime has a 1 year low of $8.74 and a 1 year high of $14.87. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.57, a current ratio of 3.77 and a quick ratio of 3.77. The firm has a market capitalization of $310.93, a price-to-earnings ratio of -38.72 and a beta of 1.14.

Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE:AHP) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.09) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.37 by ($0.46). Ashford Hospitality Prime had a negative return on equity of 0.43% and a negative net margin of 0.36%. equities research analysts predict that Ashford Hospitality Prime will post 1.6 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th were given a $0.16 dividend. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. Ashford Hospitality Prime’s dividend payout ratio is presently -256.00%.

Ashford Hospitality Prime announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback program on Monday, December 11th that authorizes the company to repurchase $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the real estate investment trust to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on AHP. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ashford Hospitality Prime from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded Ashford Hospitality Prime from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, B. Riley restated a “buy” rating on shares of Ashford Hospitality Prime in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $13.00.

In related news, EVP Jeremy Welter bought 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $8.90 per share, with a total value of $178,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 551 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,903.90. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. 10.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Ashford Hospitality Prime

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc invests in high revenue per available room (RevPAR), luxury hotels and resorts. The Company conducts its business and owns all of its assets through its operating partnership, Ashford Hospitality Prime Limited Partnership (Ashford Prime OP). The Company operates in the direct hotel investment segment of the hotel lodging industry.

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