News articles about Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY) have trended positive on Tuesday, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research firm, a subsidiary of Accern, scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Extended Stay America earned a daily sentiment score of 0.31 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 100 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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STAY has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Barclays PLC set a $22.00 price target on shares of Extended Stay America and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 14th. Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of Extended Stay America from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $16.00 to $18.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 25th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Extended Stay America from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, December 28th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $18.06.

Shares of Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY) traded down 0.87% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $17.15. 660,414 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 49.28 and a beta of 1.00. The company’s 50 day moving average is $16.56 and its 200-day moving average is $15.83. Extended Stay America has a 12 month low of $13.00 and a 12 month high of $17.87.

Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, February 28th. The company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.06. Extended Stay America had a net margin of 9.45% and a return on equity of 13.15%. The firm earned $295.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $292.55 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.15 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Extended Stay America will post $1.00 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 28th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 14th were issued a dividend of $0.19 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 10th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.39%. Extended Stay America’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 128.81%.

In other Extended Stay America news, Director Douglas Gerard Geoga bought 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 10th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $16.46 per share, for a total transaction of $246,900.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 126,408 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,080,675.68. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.49% of the company’s stock.

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Extended Stay America Company Profile

Extended Stay America, Inc is a owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America. The Company operates in the extended stay lodging industry. The Company owns and operates approximately 700 hotel properties consisting of approximately 75,900 rooms located in 44 states across the United States of America and in Canada.

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