Media stories about Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (NYSE:ARI) have trended positive this week, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance earned a coverage optimism score of 0.41 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 76 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Alpha One’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (NYSE:ARI)

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (NYSE ARI) traded up 0.64% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $18.97. 5,233,525 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance has a 12-month low of $15.53 and a 12-month high of $19.92. The company has a market cap of $1.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.90 and a beta of 0.66. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $18.57 and a 200 day moving average price of $18.01.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (NYSE:ARI) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, May 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $57.81 million during the quarter. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance had a return on equity of 9.79% and a net margin of 88.07%. On average, analysts expect that Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance will post $1.91 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 30th will be given a $0.46 dividend. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 9.70%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 28th. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance’s dividend payout ratio is presently 96.84%.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on ARI. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $18.00 price objective on shares of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. JMP Securities cut shares of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 1st. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance in a research report on Wednesday, March 1st. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $18.75.

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In other news, CEO Stuart Rothstein sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.72, for a total value of $468,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 0.62% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance Company Profile

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc is a real estate investment trust. The Company primarily originates, acquires, invests in and manages performing commercial first mortgage loans, subordinate financings, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and other commercial real estate-related debt investments.

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