Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Press coverage about Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Federal Realty Investment Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.0696727396369 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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FRT has been the topic of a number of research reports. Jefferies Group set a $133.00 price objective on Federal Realty Investment Trust and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $130.00 target price (down previously from $144.00) on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $123.00 target price on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust in a research note on Tuesday. Boenning Scattergood set a $140.00 price objective on Federal Realty Investment Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $142.00 price objective on Federal Realty Investment Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Federal Realty Investment Trust currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $135.00.

Shares of NYSE FRT traded down $2.50 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $115.78. The company had a trading volume of 334,433 shares, compared to its average volume of 471,398. The company has a current ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25. The company has a market cap of $8,657.24, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.20 and a beta of 0.25. 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 announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.30 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.57. Federal Realty Investment Trust had a return on equity of 12.68% and a net margin of 33.81%. The firm had revenue of $223.96 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $218.68 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.80 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Federal Realty Investment Trust will post 6.17 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 14th will be given a dividend of $1.00 per share. This represents a $4.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.45%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 13th. Federal Realty Investment Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 67.68%.

In other news, insider Donald C. Wood sold 30,000 shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.76, for a total transaction of $3,532,800.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 1.10% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Federal Realty Investment Trust Company Profile

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, DC to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply.

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