Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Great Ajax (AJX) Share Price

News articles about Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Great Ajax earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.2697551067108 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on AJX shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Great Ajax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, December 11th. TheStreet upgraded Great Ajax from a “d” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. Finally, B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective on shares of Great Ajax in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. Great Ajax has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $16.50.

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AJX traded down $0.02 during trading on Friday, reaching $13.54. The stock had a trading volume of 18,966 shares, compared to its average volume of 42,844. The company has a current ratio of 4.71, a quick ratio of 4.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.51. The company has a market cap of $247.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.62 and a beta of 0.62. Great Ajax has a one year low of $12.27 and a one year high of $15.40.

Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 6th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by ($0.06). The firm had revenue of $13.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.11 million. Great Ajax had a return on equity of 9.90% and a net margin of 52.79%. analysts predict that Great Ajax will post 1.83 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were issued a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.86%. Great Ajax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 76.43%.

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About Great Ajax

Great Ajax Corp. is an externally managed real estate company. The Company is focused on acquiring, investing in and managing a portfolio of re-performing and non-performing mortgage loans secured by single-family residences and single-family properties. Its segment is focused on non-performing mortgages and re-performing mortgages.

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