The Ensign Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) saw an uptick in trading volume on Monday . 427,641 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 90% from the previous session’s volume of 225,216 shares.The stock last traded at $21.55 and had previously closed at $21.50.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on ENSG shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 12th. TheStreet downgraded The Ensign Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Wells Fargo & Co. downgraded The Ensign Group from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada raised their price target on The Ensign Group from $24.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 12th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $26.25.

The company has a market cap of $1.08 billion and a P/E ratio of 23.01. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $20.93 and its 200-day moving average is $21.24.

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, August 1st. The company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33. The business earned $410.51 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $400.19 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.60 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 32.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that The Ensign Group Inc. will post $1.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, July 31st. Investors of record on Thursday, June 30th were paid a $0.04 dividend. This represents a $0.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.74%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 28th.

In related news, VP Beverly B. Wittekind sold 18,330 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.29, for a total value of $371,915.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 40,861 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $829,069.69. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

A number of institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. Comerica Bank increased its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 101.1% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 48,300 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,011,000 after buying an additional 24,277 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank increased its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 100.0% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 60,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,371,000 after buying an additional 30,300 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 115.3% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 61,112 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,383,000 after buying an additional 32,721 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 25.0% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 81,719 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,849,000 after buying an additional 16,328 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Employees Retirement System of Texas increased its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 100.0% in the fourth quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 92,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,082,000 after buying an additional 46,000 shares during the last quarter.

The Ensign Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as urgent care centers and mobile ancillary businesses. Its segments include transitional, skilled and assisted living services (TSA services); home health and hospice services, and all other.

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