News headlines about D. R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. D. R. Horton earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the construction company an impact score of 45.7423902078061 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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DHI has been the subject of several analyst reports. Citigroup upped their target price on D. R. Horton from $42.00 to $48.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. ValuEngine downgraded D. R. Horton from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Bank of America increased their price target on D. R. Horton from $43.00 to $55.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of D. R. Horton in a report on Sunday, November 12th. Finally, Barclays increased their price target on D. R. Horton from $34.00 to $41.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. D. R. Horton presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $45.94.

Shares of D. R. Horton (DHI) traded up $0.53 on Thursday, reaching $50.34. The company had a trading volume of 3,676,375 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,037,316. The stock has a market capitalization of $18,680.00, a P/E ratio of 18.32, a P/E/G ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.32. D. R. Horton has a 1 year low of $27.21 and a 1 year high of $51.53. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 6.93 and a quick ratio of 1.02.

D. R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The construction company reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.86 by ($0.04). D. R. Horton had a net margin of 7.37% and a return on equity of 14.13%. The firm had revenue of $4.07 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.75 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that D. R. Horton will post 3.22 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.125 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.99%. This is a boost from D. R. Horton’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. D. R. Horton’s dividend payout ratio is presently 18.25%.

In other D. R. Horton news, Director Michael W. Hewatt sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.86, for a total transaction of $95,720.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 6,000 shares in the company, valued at $287,160. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, COO Michael J. Murray sold 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.23, for a total value of $337,610.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 56,304 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,715,541.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 28,677 shares of company stock worth $1,410,293 in the last 90 days. 7.20% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About D. R. Horton

D.R. Horton, Inc is a homebuilding company. The Company constructed and sold homes in 27 states and 79 markets, as of September 30, 2015. The Company’s segments include its 39 homebuilding divisions, its financial services operations and its other business activities. In the homebuilding segment, the Company builds and sells single-family detached homes and attached homes, such as town homes, duplexes, triplexes and condominiums.

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