Media coverage about HCP (NYSE:HCP) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog 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. HCP earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.3313265788035 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

HCP (NYSE:HCP) opened at 27.06 on Thursday. HCP has a 52 week low of $26.47 and a 52 week high of $34.02. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $29.03 and its 200-day moving average price is $30.79. The company has a market capitalization of $12.69 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.45 and a beta of 0.38.

HCP (NYSE:HCP) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $458.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $456.29 million. HCP had a return on equity of 9.96% and a net margin of 32.16%. HCP’s revenue was down 14.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.71 EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that HCP will post $1.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on HCP shares. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $33.00 target price on shares of HCP in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered HCP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 price target on shares of HCP in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. raised HCP from an “underperform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $35.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, June 14th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $31.00 price target on shares of HCP in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $31.27.

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About HCP

HCP, Inc is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry in the United States. The Company’s segments include senior housing triple-net (SH NNN), senior housing operating portfolio (SHOP), life science and medical office. Its senior housing facilities include independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, care homes, and continuing care retirement communities.

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