Tredje AP fonden increased its holdings in Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) by 17.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 32,110 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 4,800 shares during the period. Tredje AP fonden’s holdings in Liberty Property Trust were worth $1,289,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Liberty Property Trust by 1.8% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 20,069,750 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $863,199,000 after buying an additional 358,983 shares in the last quarter. PGGM Investments boosted its position in shares of Liberty Property Trust by 16.6% in the 4th quarter. PGGM Investments now owns 3,493,330 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $150,248,000 after buying an additional 496,330 shares in the last quarter. Centersquare Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Liberty Property Trust in the 1st quarter worth about $70,421,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Liberty Property Trust by 6.4% in the 1st quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,666,966 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $66,229,000 after buying an additional 99,831 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Liberty Property Trust by 0.3% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,632,401 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $70,173,000 after buying an additional 5,421 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 90.41% of the company’s stock.

In related news, Director Frederick F. Buchholz sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.18, for a total value of $200,900.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 64,044 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,573,287.92. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

LPT has been the topic of several recent research reports. SunTrust Banks set a $43.00 price objective on shares of Liberty Property Trust and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 target price on shares of Liberty Property Trust in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Liberty Property Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.17.

Shares of Liberty Property Trust opened at $42.38 on Wednesday, Marketbeat reports. Liberty Property Trust has a twelve month low of $37.77 and a twelve month high of $45.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.36 and a beta of 0.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86, a current ratio of 1.65 and a quick ratio of 1.65.

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.95 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.33. Liberty Property Trust had a net margin of 49.95% and a return on equity of 8.55%. The firm had revenue of $190.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $145.62 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.60 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Liberty Property Trust will post 2.6 EPS for the current year.

About Liberty Property Trust

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and United Kingdom, through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior industrial and office properties. Liberty's 101 million square foot operating portfolio provides productive work environments for 1,200 tenants.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT)

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