Starwood Property Trust (STWD) Receiving Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media stories about Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD) have been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing 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. Starwood Property Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.5268111205263 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

STWD has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Starwood Property Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Starwood Property Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $24.00 price objective on shares of Starwood Property Trust in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Starwood Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $24.00.

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE STWD) traded up $0.06 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $21.79. 1,394,665 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,762,371. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.68, a current ratio of 2.47 and a quick ratio of 2.47. Starwood Property Trust has a 1 year low of $21.27 and a 1 year high of $23.01. The company has a market capitalization of $5,671.50, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.21, a P/E/G ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.51.

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.65 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.11. Starwood Property Trust had a net margin of 52.28% and a return on equity of 11.88%. The company had revenue of $226.77 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $236.76 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.59 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 10.8% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Starwood Property Trust will post 2.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a $0.48 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $1.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 8.81%. Starwood Property Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 116.36%.

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