News articles about Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Whitestone REIT earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.2697033857427 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Whitestone REIT opened at $12.94 on Friday, MarketBeat.com reports. The firm has a market cap of $509.37 million, a P/E ratio of 10.35 and a beta of 1.06. Whitestone REIT has a 12 month low of $10.06 and a 12 month high of $15.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.93, a quick ratio of 1.13 and a current ratio of 0.82.

Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $33.07 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $33.21 million. Whitestone REIT had a return on equity of 2.73% and a net margin of 7.19%. analysts expect that Whitestone REIT will post 1.04 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.095 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 1st. Whitestone REIT’s payout ratio is presently 91.20%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on WSR. Zacks Investment Research raised Whitestone REIT from a “sell” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday. ValuEngine downgraded Whitestone REIT from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective on shares of Whitestone REIT in a research note on Tuesday, May 8th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood initiated coverage on Whitestone REIT in a research note on Thursday, July 12th. They set a “buy” rating and a $13.50 price objective on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $13.42.

About Whitestone REIT

Whitestone is a community-centered retail REIT that acquires, owns, manages, develops and redevelops high quality "e-commerce resistant" neighborhood, community and lifestyle retail centers principally located in the largest, fastest-growing and most affluent markets in the Sunbelt. Whitestone's optimal mix of national, regional and local tenants provide daily necessities, needed services and entertainment to the communities in which they are located.

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