Swiss National Bank continued to hold its position in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 78,500 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Swiss National Bank owned approximately 0.15% of The Ensign Group worth $1,709,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can boosted its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 4.2% during the 2nd quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 69,276 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,508,000 after purchasing an additional 2,800 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 5.5% during the 1st quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 87,592 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,647,000 after purchasing an additional 4,600 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 7.6% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,105,058 shares of the company’s stock worth $39,575,000 after purchasing an additional 148,627 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 2.4% during the 1st quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 651,156 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,241,000 after purchasing an additional 15,164 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc boosted its position in shares of The Ensign Group by 1.2% during the 1st quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 84,261 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,584,000 after purchasing an additional 965 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 84.20% of the company’s stock.

Shares of The Ensign Group, Inc. (ENSG) opened at 22.65 on Friday. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $20.98 and its 200 day moving average is $20.21. The Ensign Group, Inc. has a 12 month low of $16.51 and a 12 month high of $23.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.15 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.37 and a beta of 0.87.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 31st. Stockholders of record on Saturday, September 30th will be issued a dividend of $0.043 per share. This represents a $0.17 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.76%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 20.24%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on ENSG shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of The Ensign Group from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $22.00.

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In related news, VP Barry Port sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.00, for a total transaction of $230,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 135,642 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,119,766. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Antoinette T. Hubenette sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.95, for a total value of $52,375.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 24,626 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $515,914.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 14,576 shares of company stock worth $327,373 over the last three months. Corporate insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

The Ensign Group Profile

The Ensign Group, Inc, through its operating subsidiaries, provides healthcare services across the post-acute care continuum, as well as other ancillary businesses located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG)

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