Media stories about Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE:AHT) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ashford Hospitality Trust earned a news impact score of 0.41 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.0102881583489 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Ashford Hospitality Trust (AHT) opened at $6.57 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.29, a current ratio of 3.94 and a quick ratio of 3.94. The firm has a market cap of $646.80, a PE ratio of 4.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.97 and a beta of 1.56. Ashford Hospitality Trust has a 12 month low of $5.42 and a 12 month high of $7.20.

Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE:AHT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.50) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by ($0.71). The business had revenue of $341.57 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $334.44 million. Ashford Hospitality Trust had a negative return on equity of 8.70% and a negative net margin of 4.44%. sell-side analysts anticipate that Ashford Hospitality Trust will post 1.37 EPS for the current year.

Ashford Hospitality Trust announced that its board has authorized a share buyback program on Monday, December 11th that allows the company to buyback $200.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the real estate investment trust to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

AHT has been the subject of several analyst reports. ValuEngine raised shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $8.00 target price on shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 5th. B. Riley set a $8.00 target price on shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank dropped their target price on shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust from $9.00 to $8.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, February 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Ashford Hospitality Trust currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $7.63.

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Ashford Hospitality Trust Company Profile

Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc is an externally-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on investing in the hospitality industry with a focus on full-service upscale and upper-upscale hotels in the United States. The Company owns its lodging investments and conducts its business through Ashford Hospitality Limited Partnership (Ashford Trust OP), its operating partnership.

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