Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE:NHI) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has $86.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock.

According to Zacks, “National Health Investors, Inc. is a real estate investment trust which invests in income producing health care properties primarily in the long-term care industry. The company provides current income for distribution to stockholders through investments in health care related facilities, including long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, medical office buildings, retirement centers and assisted living facilities. “

A number of other analysts also recently commented on the stock. Capital One Financial Corporation assumed coverage on shares of National Health Investors in a report on Monday, October 23rd. They issued an equal weight rating on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a hold rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of National Health Investors in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. assumed coverage on shares of National Health Investors in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. They issued a hold rating and a $80.00 target price on the stock. Mizuho reiterated a hold rating and issued a $82.00 target price on shares of National Health Investors in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a buy rating and issued a $82.00 target price on shares of National Health Investors in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $80.14.

Shares of National Health Investors (NHI) traded up $0.23 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $76.66. 223,200 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 192,348. The firm has a market cap of $3,183.84, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.71, a P/E/G ratio of 3.79 and a beta of 0.58. National Health Investors has a 12 month low of $67.33 and a 12 month high of $81.21. The company has a current ratio of 12.72, a quick ratio of 12.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84.

National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.93 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.29 by ($0.36). The company had revenue of $69.84 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $67.68 million. National Health Investors had a return on equity of 12.74% and a net margin of 59.70%. The company’s revenue was up 14.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.22 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that National Health Investors will post 5.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.95 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $3.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.96%. National Health Investors’s dividend payout ratio is currently 95.00%.

In other National Health Investors news, insider Kevin Carlton Pascoe sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.80, for a total value of $159,600.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 21,228 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,693,994.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 5.19% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Legal & General Group Plc increased its stake in National Health Investors by 13.9% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 116,146 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $8,980,000 after buying an additional 14,142 shares during the period. American International Group Inc. increased its stake in National Health Investors by 8.1% in the 3rd quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 26,648 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,060,000 after buying an additional 1,993 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. increased its stake in National Health Investors by 11.7% in the 3rd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 7,402 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $572,000 after buying an additional 775 shares during the period. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd acquired a new position in National Health Investors in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $249,000. Finally, Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its stake in National Health Investors by 46.6% in the 3rd quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 78,030 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $6,034,000 after buying an additional 24,790 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 70.13% of the company’s stock.

About National Health Investors

National Health Investors, Inc is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments. The Company is engaged in the business of owning and financing healthcare properties.

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