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Ares Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:ARCC) CAO Scott C. Lem bought 1,462 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Thursday, August 7th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $16.97 per share, with a total value of $24,810.14. Following the purchase, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 7,231 shares in the company, valued at approximately $122,710. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

ARCC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at RBC Capital cut their price target on shares of Ares Capital Corp. from $19.00 to $18.00 in a research note on Thursday. They now have a “sector perform” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at JMP Securities reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Ares Capital Corp. in a research note on Thursday. They now have a $18.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $18.50. Finally, analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods cut their price target on shares of Ares Capital Corp. from $18.00 to $17.25 in a research note on Wednesday. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Ares Capital Corp. has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $18.04.

Ares Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:ARCC) traded up 0.79% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $16.62. 2,257,883 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Ares Capital Corp. has a 52 week low of $16.21 and a 52 week high of $18.63. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $17.16 and a 200-day moving average of $17.4.

Ares Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:ARCC) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 5th. The company reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $224.92 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $231.50 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.38 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 9.1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Ares Capital Corp. will post $1.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 9.15%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 11th.

Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC) is a specialty finance company, which is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company.

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