Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Headlines about Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Federal Realty Investment Trust earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.5038954029089 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

FRT has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their price target on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust from $142.00 to $136.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday. Jefferies Group set a $133.00 target price on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Mizuho reissued a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Sandler O’Neill set a $130.00 price target on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 17th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood set a $140.00 price target on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $135.92.

Shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust stock traded up $0.70 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $115.37. 25,909 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 541,525. The stock has a market cap of $8,434.73, a PE ratio of 28.88, a P/E/G ratio of 3.11 and a beta of 0.29. The company has a quick ratio of 1.30, a current ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25. Federal Realty Investment Trust has a 12 month low of $106.41 and a 12 month high of $138.12.

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.30 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.57. The business had revenue of $223.96 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $218.68 million. Federal Realty Investment Trust had a net margin of 33.81% and a return on equity of 12.68%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.80 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Federal Realty Investment Trust will post 6.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 14th will be issued a $1.00 dividend. This represents a $4.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.47%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 13th. Federal Realty Investment Trust’s payout ratio is 100.76%.

In other news, insider Donald C. Wood sold 30,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $117.76, for a total value of $3,532,800.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. 1.10% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Federal Realty Investment Trust

Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company specializes in the ownership, management and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties located primarily in affluent communities in selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, as well as in California and South Florida.

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