BidaskClub Lowers STARWOOD PROPERTY TRUST, INC. (STWD) to Hold

(NYSE:ESS) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PGGM Investments increased its stake in shares of Liberty Property Trust by 108.7% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 950,717 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock valued at $220,119,000 after buying an additional 553,947 shares during the period. Ltd. raised its position in Essex Property Trust by 0.6% in the first quarter. RB Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Essex Property Trust during the second quarter valued at approximately $218,000. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 23,649,942 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock valued at $911,706,000 after buying an additional 695,589 shares in the last quarter. Pensionfund Sabic increased its stake in Liberty Property Trust by 7.7% in the first quarter. The institutional investor held 12,143 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2016Q4, valued at $2.82 million, up from 1,083 at the end of the previous reported quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue boosted its stake in shares of Essex Property Trust by 14.6% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,479,030 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock valued at $1,500,090,000 after buying an additional 6,208,705 shares during the period.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. has a 12 month low of $200.01 and a 12 month high of $268.97. (CXP) opened at 21.11 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.00 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.42 and a beta of 0.88. The Trust's assets are owned directly or indirectly, and substantially all of the Trust's operations are conducted directly or indirectly, by its subsidiary, Liberty Property Limited Partnership (the Operating Partnership).

Company shares last traded at $40.68 marginally under $41.37, the stock's 50 day moving average and which is slightly above the 200 day moving average of $40.32.

Essex Property Trust (NYSE:ESS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $2.97 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $2.92 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $211.57 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $244.13 million. Starwood Property Trust had a net margin of 55.89% and a return on equity of 11.39%. Equities analysts anticipate that Liberty Property Trust will post $1.24 earnings per share for the current year. The company recently declared a dividend for shareholders which was paid on Thursday June 15th, 2017. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 29th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Liberty Property Trust from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Wednesday, June 21st. This dividend represents a yield of $3.73. Columbia Property Trust's dividend payout ratio is now 70.18%.

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COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: This news story was reported by Sports Perspectives and is the sole property of of Sports Perspectives. If you are viewing this report on another site, it was illegally copied and reposted in violation of United States and worldwide copyright and trademark law. Unilever had 13 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $269.00 price target on shares of Essex Property Trust in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Capstone Asset Mngmt Company has 0.04% invested in Essex Property Trust Inc (NYSE:ESS). Canaccord Genuity set a $255.00 price target on shares of Essex Property Trust and gave the company a "hold" rating in a research note on Monday, May 1st. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated an outperform rating and set a $267.00 price target (up from $248.00) on shares of Essex Property Trust in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. Daiwa Securities Group Inc bought 247,507 shares as the company's stock rose 11.60% with the market. The shares were sold at an average price of $263.97, for a total value of $87,902.01. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 10,594 shares in the company, valued at $2,673,395.90. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. The stock was sold at an average price of $253.92, for a total transaction of $761,760.00. Shares repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company's management believes its shares are undervalued. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. (NYSE:ESS) insider John D. Eudy sold 166 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 12th. The company was downgraded on Monday, April 3 by ABN Amro. Next Fincl Group has invested 0% in Essex Property Trust Inc (NYSE:ESS). The Firm is also engaged in corporate mergers and the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties that have production and future development opportunities. The Business's segments include Carolinas/Richmond; Chicago/Milwaukee; Florida; Houston; Lehigh/Central PA; Minnesota; Philadelphia; Southeastern PA; United Kingdom, and Other, which includes Arizona; Atlanta; Cincinnati/Columbus/Indianapolis; Dallas; DC Metro; New Jersey; Southern California, and other.

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