Headlines about Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Weingarten Realty Investors earned a news impact score of 0.33 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.1555081465043 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Several research firms have issued reports on WRI. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their price objective on Weingarten Realty Investors from $35.00 to $34.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 30th. Jefferies Group set a $33.00 price objective on Weingarten Realty Investors and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 15th. Boenning Scattergood set a $30.00 price objective on Weingarten Realty Investors and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Weingarten Realty Investors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Weingarten Realty Investors presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.50.

Shares of Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) traded down $0.27 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $30.69. The stock had a trading volume of 474,172 shares, compared to its average volume of 596,498. Weingarten Realty Investors has a 1-year low of $29.03 and a 1-year high of $36.82. The company has a quick ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 1.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24. The company has a market cap of $3,976.15, a P/E ratio of 18.83, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.14 and a beta of 0.71.

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.01. Weingarten Realty Investors had a return on equity of 12.07% and a net margin of 36.86%. The business had revenue of $141.06 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $139.72 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.58 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Weingarten Realty Investors will post 2.43 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Tuesday, December 26th were given a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 22nd. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 9.78%. This is a positive change from Weingarten Realty Investors’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. Weingarten Realty Investors’s payout ratio is currently 94.48%.

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Weingarten Realty Investors Company Profile

Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers it owns or leases. The Company also provides property management services. The Company is in the business of owning, managing and developing retail shopping centers.

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