Media stories about Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Weingarten Realty Investors earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.6007476309673 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently commented on WRI shares. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $35.00 price objective (down from $37.00) on shares of Weingarten Realty Investors in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $37.00 price target on shares of Weingarten Realty Investors in a research note on Monday, April 24th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Weingarten Realty Investors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Boenning Scattergood set a $30.00 price target on shares of Weingarten Realty Investors and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Robert W. Baird raised shares of Weingarten Realty Investors from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $36.20.

Shares of Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) traded up 0.22% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $32.30. 730,166 shares of the company traded hands. Weingarten Realty Investors has a 1-year low of $29.03 and a 1-year high of $42.12. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $31.56 and a 200 day moving average price of $32.64. The company has a market capitalization of $4.15 billion, a PE ratio of 21.72 and a beta of 0.72.

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.61 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $142.96 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $142.34 million. Weingarten Realty Investors had a net margin of 25.32% and a return on equity of 16.25%. Weingarten Realty Investors’s revenue was up 7.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.57 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Weingarten Realty Investors will post $0.98 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a $0.385 dividend. This represents a $1.54 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.77%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 7th. Weingarten Realty Investors’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 104.76%.

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About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is leasing space to tenants in the shopping centers it owns or leases. The Company also provides property management services. The Company is in the business of owning, managing and developing retail shopping centers.

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