ValuEngine lowered shares of The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Tuesday morning.

Several other brokerages have also recently issued reports on ENSG. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $21.00 price objective on shares of The Ensign Group in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Cantor Fitzgerald upped their price objective on shares of The Ensign Group from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. BidaskClub cut shares of The Ensign Group from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. TheStreet raised shares of The Ensign Group from a c+ rating to a b rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of The Ensign Group from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $23.00.

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ ENSG) opened at $23.77 on Tuesday. The Ensign Group has a 1 year low of $16.50 and a 1 year high of $24.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 1.53. The firm has a market cap of $1,208.65, a PE ratio of 20.02 and a beta of 0.84.

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The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, October 31st. Investors of record on Saturday, September 30th were paid a dividend of $0.043 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $0.17 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.72%. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 18.89%.

In other news, Director Antoinette T. Hubenette sold 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.95, for a total value of $52,375.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 24,626 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $515,914.70. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. In the last three months, insiders sold 3,566 shares of company stock valued at $75,957. Corporate insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Riverhead Capital Management LLC grew its stake in shares of The Ensign Group by 86.6% in the 2nd quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC now owns 4,664 shares of the company’s stock valued at $102,000 after buying an additional 2,164 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of The Ensign Group in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $104,000. UBS Group AG grew its stake in shares of The Ensign Group by 93.9% in the 1st quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 6,986 shares of the company’s stock valued at $131,000 after buying an additional 3,383 shares during the period. Pinebridge Investments L.P. grew its stake in shares of The Ensign Group by 0.6% in the 2nd quarter. Pinebridge Investments L.P. now owns 6,280 shares of the company’s stock valued at $137,000 after buying an additional 38 shares during the period. Finally, Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of The Ensign Group by 17.6% in the 2nd quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 7,156 shares of the company’s stock valued at $156,000 after buying an additional 1,072 shares during the period. 84.94% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

The Ensign Group Company Profile

The Ensign Group, Inc, through its operating subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as other ancillary businesses located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

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