Shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (NYSE:AHT) were down 4.3% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $5.56 and last traded at $5.58, with a volume of 324,674 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $5.83.

A number of analysts have commented on AHT shares. Janney Montgomery Scott started coverage on shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust in a report on Tuesday, March 22nd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $7.50 target price for the company. FBR & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $8.00 target price on shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust in a report on Monday, May 9th. TheStreet cut shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, May 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 12th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust in a research report on Sunday, June 26th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ashford Hospitality Trust has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $7.90.

The company’s market capitalization is $524.84 million. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $5.32 and a 200 day moving average price of $5.52.

Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE:AHT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.38 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $367.77 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $357.88 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.30 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 47.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. will post $1.54 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 30th will be given a dividend of $0.12 per share. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.82%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 28th.

In other Ashford Hospitality Trust news, Director Benjamin J. Md Ansell purchased 5,800 shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 12th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $5.66 per share, with a total value of $32,828.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 52,800 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $298,848. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

A number of institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Ashford Hospitality Trust by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,341,828 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $8,467,000 after buying an additional 6,591 shares in the last quarter. Matarin Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Ashford Hospitality Trust during the fourth quarter valued at $1,843,000. Rutabaga Capital Management LLC MA raised its position in Ashford Hospitality Trust by 13.4% in the fourth quarter. Rutabaga Capital Management LLC MA now owns 2,616,732 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $16,512,000 after buying an additional 309,600 shares during the period. Systematic Financial Management LP purchased a new position in Ashford Hospitality Trust during the fourth quarter valued at $1,577,000. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC raised its position in Ashford Hospitality Trust by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 172,949 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,091,000 after buying an additional 10,206 shares during the period.

Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc (Ashford), together with its subsidiaries, is an externally advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through direct hotel investments segment. It is focused on investing in the hospitality industry with a focus on full-service upscale and upper-upscale hotels in the United States.

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