Media stories about Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Liberty Property Trust earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.7932509630629 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Liberty Property Trust from $43.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, December 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Liberty Property Trust from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $41.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Friday, December 15th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price target on shares of Liberty Property Trust from $44.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Liberty Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Liberty Property Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $43.75.

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) traded up $0.06 during trading on Friday, reaching $43.01. 743,739 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 669,096. Liberty Property Trust has a 52-week low of $37.21 and a 52-week high of $45.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $6,390.57, a PE ratio of 18.15, a P/E/G ratio of 2.83 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a current ratio of 1.78, a quick ratio of 1.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93.

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by ($0.23). Liberty Property Trust had a return on equity of 11.41% and a net margin of 47.78%. The firm had revenue of $193.65 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $174.65 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.66 earnings per share. Liberty Property Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Liberty Property Trust will post 2.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Liberty Property Trust announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase plan on Monday, October 2nd that authorizes the company to buyback $250.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the real estate investment trust to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are typically an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.72%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 29th. Liberty Property Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 67.51%.

In other Liberty Property Trust news, Director David L. Lingerfelt sold 18,000 shares of Liberty Property Trust stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.56, for a total transaction of $802,080.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 56,814 shares in the company, valued at $2,531,631.84. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 1.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Liberty Property Trust Company Profile

Liberty Property Trust (the Trust) is a self-administered and self-managed Maryland real estate investment trust (REIT). 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).

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