Headlines about Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Whitestone REIT earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.4425444829891 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Whitestone REIT (NYSE WSR) opened at $10.60 on Friday. Whitestone REIT has a 12 month low of $10.45 and a 12 month high of $15.15. The stock has a market capitalization of $428.30, a PE ratio of 50.48 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.84, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a current ratio of 0.88.

Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by ($0.22). Whitestone REIT had a net margin of 6.62% and a return on equity of 2.49%. The company had revenue of $33.83 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $33.59 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that Whitestone REIT will post 1.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 13th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 4th will be paid a dividend of $0.095 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 1st. This represents a $1.14 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 10.75%. Whitestone REIT’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 542.86%.

WSR has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Whitestone REIT from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 13th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Whitestone REIT in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. B. Riley set a $13.00 target price on Whitestone REIT and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 5th. SunTrust Banks cut Whitestone REIT from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $10.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Maxim Group reduced their price objective on Whitestone REIT from $20.00 to $16.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.60.

In other news, VP Christine J. Mastandrea bought 2,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 5th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $10.65 per share, for a total transaction of $26,625.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the vice president now owns 112,013 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,192,938.45. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 5.29% of the company’s stock.

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About Whitestone REIT

Whitestone REIT is a real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in various metropolitan areas. The Company’s acquisition targets are located in densely populated, culturally diverse neighborhoods, primarily in and around Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio.

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