Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund purchased a new position in shares of Saul Centers Inc (NYSE:BFS) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 4,383 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $207,000.

Other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vident Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new stake in Saul Centers in the 3rd quarter valued at about $266,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. raised its holdings in Saul Centers by 36.8% in the 3rd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 5,200 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $291,000 after acquiring an additional 1,400 shares during the last quarter. Laurion Capital Management LP acquired a new stake in Saul Centers in the 3rd quarter valued at about $322,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Saul Centers by 55.7% in the 3rd quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 8,416 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $471,000 after acquiring an additional 3,011 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wendell David Associates Inc. raised its holdings in Saul Centers by 6.7% in the 4th quarter. Wendell David Associates Inc. now owns 15,835 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $748,000 after acquiring an additional 1,000 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 46.19% of the company’s stock.

Saul Centers stock opened at $49.74 on Friday. Saul Centers Inc has a 1-year low of $45.49 and a 1-year high of $60.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.17, a current ratio of 2.11 and a quick ratio of 2.11. The company has a market capitalization of $1.13 billion, a PE ratio of 16.40, a PEG ratio of 3.03 and a beta of 1.02.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 30th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, April 16th will be paid a $0.53 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 15th. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.26%.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Saul Centers from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, November 30th.

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Saul Centers Profile

Saul Centers, Inc is a self-managed, self-administered equity REIT headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, which currently operates and manages a real estate portfolio of 60 properties which includes (a) 49 community and neighborhood shopping centers and seven mixed-use properties with approximately 9.3 million square feet of leasable area and (b) four land and development properties.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS)

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