American Campus Communities (ACC) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

Media stories about American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Campus Communities earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.6149570448111 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

American Campus Communities (NYSE:ACC) traded up $0.06 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $42.93. 674,374 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 680,969. The stock has a market cap of $5,832.23, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 14.14 and a beta of 0.27. American Campus Communities has a one year low of $41.06 and a one year high of $51.70. The company has a quick ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 27th. Investors of record on Monday, November 13th were issued a $0.44 dividend. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.10%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 10th. American Campus Communities’s dividend payout ratio is 429.28%.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on ACC. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of American Campus Communities in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of American Campus Communities in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of American Campus Communities in a research report on Monday, September 25th. Robert W. Baird decreased their target price on American Campus Communities from $51.00 to $47.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered American Campus Communities from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $52.22.

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About American Campus Communities

American Campus Communities, Inc is a self-managed and self-administered equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s segments include Wholly-Owned Properties, On-Campus Participating Properties, Development Services, and Property Management Services. It is engaged in the acquisition, design, financing, development, construction management, leasing and management of student housing properties.

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