Press coverage about QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS) has trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. QTS Realty Trust earned a news impact score of 0.36 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS) opened at 52.21 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $52.27 and a 200-day moving average price of $50.71. QTS Realty Trust has a 12-month low of $43.01 and a 12-month high of $59.41. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 124.01 and a beta of 0.47.

QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.61 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $106 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $105.36 million. QTS Realty Trust had a return on equity of 2.14% and a net margin of 4.96%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.68 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that QTS Realty Trust will post $0.44 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, July 6th. Investors of record on Friday, June 16th were given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, June 14th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.99%. QTS Realty Trust’s payout ratio is 371.44%.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price objective on QTS Realty Trust from $49.00 to $51.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th. Zacks Investment Research cut QTS Realty Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group assumed coverage on QTS Realty Trust in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $58.00 price objective for the company. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of QTS Realty Trust in a research note on Monday, May 8th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $59.00 price objective on shares of QTS Realty Trust in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $57.38.

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In other QTS Realty Trust news, Director Stephen E. Westhead sold 11,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.36, for a total value of $575,960.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 12,924 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $676,700.64. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Stephen E. Westhead sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.08, for a total value of $530,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 11,924 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $632,925.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 24,317 shares of company stock valued at $1,272,373. Insiders own 17.30% of the company’s stock.

About QTS Realty Trust

QTS Realty Trust, Inc (QTS) is a provider of secure, compliant data center solutions, hybrid cloud and fully managed services. The Company owns, develops and operates carrier-neutral and multi-tenant data centers. Its data centers are facilities that house the network and computer equipment of multiple customers and provide access to a range of communications carriers.

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