Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Starwood Property Trust (STWD) Stock Price

Media stories about Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Starwood Property Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.9523778206733 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Starwood Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Starwood Property Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Starwood Property Trust has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $24.33.

Shares of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD) traded down 0.50% during trading on Thursday, hitting $22.08. 1,156,530 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $22.09 and a 200-day moving average of $22.38. The company has a market cap of $5.73 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.68 and a beta of 0.54. Starwood Property Trust has a 12-month low of $21.11 and a 12-month high of $23.46.

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $211.57 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $244.13 million. Starwood Property Trust had a return on equity of 11.39% and a net margin of 55.89%. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.50 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Starwood Property Trust will post $2.10 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Investors of record on Friday, September 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.48 per share. This represents a $1.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.70%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. Starwood Property Trust’s payout ratio is currently 109.09%.

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