Welltower (WELL) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

Media stories about Welltower (NYSE:WELL) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Welltower earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.0124833896483 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

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Shares of NYSE:WELL traded down $0.52 during trading on Monday, hitting $54.49. 2,129,041 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,820,153. The company has a market capitalization of $20,445.54, a PE ratio of 12.94, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.36 and a beta of 0.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a quick ratio of 1.85 and a current ratio of 1.85. Welltower has a 1-year low of $51.63 and a 1-year high of $78.17.

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

Several research analysts have commented on WELL shares. Mizuho restated a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Welltower in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Welltower from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Stephens set a $70.00 price objective on shares of Welltower and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. SunTrust Banks set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Welltower and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $57.00 price objective on shares of 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 issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $64.77.

In related news, Director Gary Whitelaw acquired 1,862 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $53.61 per share, for a total transaction of $99,821.82. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 5,843 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $313,243.23. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing 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 that occurred on Thursday, March 15th. The stock was bought at an average price of $53.63 per share, with a total value of $32,178.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.17% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Welltower

Welltower Inc (NYSE:HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience.

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