News coverage about The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) has been trending positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The GEO Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.32 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.6162053459041 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) traded down $0.07 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $19.97. The stock had a trading volume of 101,367 shares, compared to its average volume of 946,643. The firm has a market cap of $2,455.35, a PE ratio of 14.87, a P/E/G ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 1.32. The GEO Group has a one year low of $19.52 and a one year high of $34.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.05, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 1.27.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, February 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be paid a $0.47 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $1.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 9.41%. The GEO Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 139.26%.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on GEO. TheStreet raised The GEO Group from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised The GEO Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 price target on shares of The GEO Group in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, ValuEngine cut The GEO Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The GEO Group currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $33.47.

In other news, Director Christopher C. Wheeler sold 1,500 shares of The GEO Group stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.09, for a total value of $37,635.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About The GEO Group

The GEO Group, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in the ownership, leasing and management of correctional, detention and re-entry facilities and the provision of community-based services and youth services in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada.

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