Welltower (WELL) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Shows

News stories about Welltower (NYSE:WELL) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Welltower earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 44.9354139917349 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

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A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Mizuho reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 target price on shares of Welltower in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Welltower from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Stephens set a $70.00 target price on Welltower and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. SunTrust Banks set a $66.00 target price on Welltower and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $57.00 target price on Welltower and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, January 15th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Welltower currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $65.00.

Shares of WELL stock traded down $0.72 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $52.03. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,434,407 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,684,245. The company has a quick ratio of 1.85, a current ratio of 1.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83. The stock has a market cap of $19,605.57, a price-to-earnings ratio of 40.97, a P/E/G ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 0.26. Welltower has a 12 month low of $51.63 and a 12 month high of $78.17.

Welltower (NYSE:WELL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 22nd. The real estate investment trust reported $1.02 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.09 billion. Welltower had a net margin of 12.13% and a return on equity of 4.35%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.91 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Welltower will post 4.03 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, Director Gary Whitelaw acquired 1,862 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 26th. The shares were bought at an average price of $53.61 per share, for a total transaction of $99,821.82. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 5,843 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $313,243.23. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Kenneth J. Bacon acquired 600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 15th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $53.63 per share, for a total transaction of $32,178.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

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Welltower Company Profile

Welltower Inc invests with seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund real estate and infrastructure. The Company invests in seniors housing and healthcare real estate. It operates in three segments: triple-net, seniors housing operating and outpatient medical. Welltower, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities, and outpatient medical properties.

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