Media coverage about Stellus Capital Investment Corporation (NYSE:SCM) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stellus Capital Investment Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the investment management company an impact score of 45.8226228228556 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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A number of brokerages have commented on SCM. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services initiated coverage on shares of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation in a research note on Monday, September 25th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $14.50 price target for the company. ValuEngine lowered shares of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.13.

Shares of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation (NYSE:SCM) opened at 13.65 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $13.55 and a 200-day moving average price of $13.85. Stellus Capital Investment Corporation has a 52-week low of $10.22 and a 52-week high of $14.82.

Stellus Capital Investment Corporation (NYSE:SCM) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The investment management company reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.01. Stellus Capital Investment Corporation had a net margin of 68.17% and a return on equity of 10.06%. The firm had revenue of $10.39 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.99 million. On average, equities research analysts predict that Stellus Capital Investment Corporation will post $1.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a monthly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 31st were issued a $0.1133 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 9.96%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 29th. Stellus Capital Investment Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is presently 64.15%.

In other Stellus Capital Investment Corporation news, insider Robert T. Ladd acquired 14,000 shares of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $13.33 per share, for a total transaction of $186,620.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Dean D’angelo acquired 5,000 shares of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 14th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $13.49 per share, with a total value of $67,450.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 4.20% of the company’s stock.

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Stellus Capital Investment Corporation Company Profile

Stellus Capital Investment Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company originates and invests primarily in private middle-market companies through first lien, second lien, unitranche and mezzanine debt financing, with corresponding equity co-investments. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize the total return to its stockholders in the form of current income and capital appreciation.

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