News stories about Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stellus Capital Investment earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the investment management company an impact score of 47.7579427283152 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

SCM has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine raised shares of Stellus Capital Investment from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Stellus Capital Investment from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 price objective on shares of Stellus Capital Investment in a research report on Friday, November 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.50.

Shares of Stellus Capital Investment (SCM) opened at $11.92 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $190.07, a P/E ratio of 7.05 and a beta of 0.51. Stellus Capital Investment has a 52-week low of $11.25 and a 52-week high of $14.82. The company has a current ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 0.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50.

The business also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 29th will be given a dividend of $0.1133 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 11.41%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. Stellus Capital Investment’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 80.47%.

In other Stellus Capital Investment news, insider Robert T. Ladd purchased 78,093 shares of Stellus Capital Investment stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $12.40 per share, with a total value of $968,353.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Dean D’angelo purchased 12,500 shares of Stellus Capital Investment stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 8th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $12.31 per share, with a total value of $153,875.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 76,327 shares in the company, valued at approximately $939,585.37. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have bought 90,993 shares of company stock valued at $1,127,128. Insiders own 4.20% of the company’s stock.

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Stellus Capital Investment 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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