Rice Hall James & Associates LLC raised its position in The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG) by 0.2% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 836,724 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,270 shares during the period. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC’s holdings in The Ensign Group were worth $18,215,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. LSV Asset Management boosted its position in The Ensign Group by 16.9% in the first quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 243,900 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,585,000 after buying an additional 35,200 shares in the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can boosted its position in The Ensign Group by 6.3% in the first quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 66,476 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,248,000 after buying an additional 3,956 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its position in The Ensign Group by 8.9% in the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 194,729 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,660,000 after buying an additional 15,899 shares in the last quarter. Greenwich Wealth Management LLC boosted its position in The Ensign Group by 37.9% in the first quarter. Greenwich Wealth Management LLC now owns 35,808 shares of the company’s stock worth $673,000 after buying an additional 9,834 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Nisa Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in The Ensign Group by 52.2% in the first quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 7,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $132,000 after buying an additional 2,400 shares in the last quarter. 84.65% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ ENSG) opened at 19.76 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $21.60 and a 200-day moving average price of $19.68. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.01 billion, a PE ratio of 23.00 and a beta of 0.84. The Ensign Group, Inc. has a 12-month low of $16.51 and a 12-month high of $23.35.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 30th were given a dividend of $0.0425 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $0.17 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.86%. The Ensign Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 20.24%.

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A number of research firms recently commented on ENSG. BidaskClub cut The Ensign Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research cut The Ensign Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. TheStreet raised The Ensign Group from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Monday, August 7th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company cut The Ensign Group from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The Ensign Group has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $22.00.

In other The Ensign Group news, VP Barry Port sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.00, for a total transaction of $230,000.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 135,642 shares in the company, valued at $3,119,766. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders have sold 11,761 shares of company stock worth $267,981 in the last quarter. 6.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

The Ensign Group Company 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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