Ladder Capital (NYSE:LADR) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Ladder Capital (NYSE:LADR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ladder Capital earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.8685483241395 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on LADR shares. Bank of America upgraded shares of Ladder Capital from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. ValuEngine downgraded Ladder Capital from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ladder Capital from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Raymond James Financial initiated coverage on Ladder Capital in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. They set a “strong-buy” rating and a $17.50 price target for the company. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $16.50 price target on shares of Ladder Capital in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $17.25.

LADR stock traded down $0.03 during trading on Friday, hitting $15.02. The stock had a trading volume of 668,889 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,333,159. Ladder Capital has a 1-year low of $12.82 and a 1-year high of $15.39. The company has a market capitalization of $1,674.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.04, a PEG ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 0.89. The company has a current ratio of 62.36, a quick ratio of 62.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.94.

Ladder Capital (NYSE:LADR) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.40 by ($0.01). Ladder Capital had a net margin of 20.78% and a return on equity of 10.30%. The firm had revenue of $126.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $71.78 million. research analysts predict that Ladder Capital will post 1.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 2nd. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th were issued a dividend of $0.315 per share. This represents a $1.26 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 8.39%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. Ladder Capital’s payout ratio is currently 92.65%.

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About Ladder Capital

Ladder Capital Corp is a commercial real estate finance company. The Company’s segments include loans, securities, real estate and corporate/other. The loans segment includes mortgage loan receivables held for investment (balance sheet loans) and mortgage loan receivables held for sale (conduit loans).

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