Media coverage about Westwood Holdings Group (NYSE:WHG) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Westwood Holdings Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the asset manager an impact score of 46.083044012096 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of Westwood Holdings Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, August 14th.

Shares of Westwood Holdings Group (WHG) opened at $64.02 on Friday. Westwood Holdings Group has a 12-month low of $51.41 and a 12-month high of $71.00. The company has a market cap of $559.72, a PE ratio of 19.21 and a beta of 1.53.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a $0.68 dividend. This represents a $2.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.25%. This is a boost from Westwood Holdings Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.62. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 7th. Westwood Holdings Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 83.50%.

In related news, Vice Chairman Susan M. Byrne sold 7,265 shares of Westwood Holdings Group stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.01, for a total transaction of $465,032.65. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 265,593 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,000,607.93. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Vice Chairman Susan M. Byrne sold 10,000 shares of Westwood Holdings Group stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.06, for a total transaction of $620,600.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 269,552 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,728,397.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 40,807 shares of company stock valued at $2,576,162. Corporate insiders own 9.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Westwood Holdings Group

Westwood Holdings Group, Inc (Westwood) is a holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Advisory and Trust. The Company, through its subsidiaries, manages investment assets and provides services for its clients. Its subsidiaries include Westwood Management Corp. and Westwood Advisors, LLC (together, Westwood Management), Westwood International Advisors Inc (Westwood International) and Westwood Trust.

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