Media headlines about Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE:AHT) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ashford Hospitality Trust earned a news impact score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.5766685017947 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of NYSE AHT traded down $0.05 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $6.86. The stock had a trading volume of 37,979 shares, compared to its average volume of 488,236. The company has a market cap of $656.54, a PE ratio of 5.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.36. Ashford Hospitality Trust has a 1 year low of $5.42 and a 1 year high of $7.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.84, a current ratio of 3.53 and a quick ratio of 3.53.

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Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE:AHT) last released its earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.50) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.21 by ($0.71). The firm had revenue of $341.57 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $334.44 million. Ashford Hospitality Trust had a negative net margin of 4.44% and a negative return on equity of 9.01%. equities research analysts anticipate that Ashford Hospitality Trust will post 1.37 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 30th were given a $0.12 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 28th. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.00%. Ashford Hospitality Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.04%.

Several analysts have commented on AHT shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Ashford Hospitality Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Deutsche Bank dropped their price objective on Ashford Hospitality Trust from $9.00 to $8.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. ValuEngine downgraded Ashford Hospitality Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $8.00 target price on Ashford Hospitality Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, B. Riley set a $8.00 target price on Ashford Hospitality Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $7.50.

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About Ashford Hospitality Trust

Ashford Hospitality Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing opportunistically in the hospitality industry in upper upscale, full-service hotels.

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