Schroder Investment Management Group lifted its stake in QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:QTS) by 4.8% in the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 466,950 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 21,339 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group owned approximately 0.93% of QTS Realty Trust worth $24,286,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC boosted its holdings in shares of QTS Realty Trust by 0.4% in the second quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 38,828 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,032,000 after acquiring an additional 163 shares during the period. GAM Holding AG boosted its holdings in shares of QTS Realty Trust by 5.2% in the second quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 4,014 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $210,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its holdings in shares of QTS Realty Trust by 2.5% in the second quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 12,500 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $654,000 after acquiring an additional 300 shares during the period. Amalgamated Bank boosted its holdings in shares of QTS Realty Trust by 5.4% in the second quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 6,045 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $316,000 after acquiring an additional 309 shares during the period. Finally, Phocas Financial Corp. boosted its holdings in shares of QTS Realty Trust by 3.1% in the second quarter. Phocas Financial Corp. now owns 14,007 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $733,000 after acquiring an additional 419 shares during the period.

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (QTS) traded down $0.06 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $55.60. The company had a trading volume of 465,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 445,690. The company has a market capitalization of $2,796.69, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.07 and a beta of 0.44. QTS Realty Trust, Inc. has a 12 month low of $45.85 and a 12 month high of $61.55. The company has a quick ratio of 0.84, a current ratio of 0.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09.

QTS Realty Trust (NYSE:QTS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.59. The company had revenue of $113.77 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $113.64 million. QTS Realty Trust had a return on equity of 2.10% and a net margin of 4.67%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 10.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.67 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that QTS Realty Trust, Inc. will post 2.71 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Investors of record on Tuesday, December 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.81%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, December 4th. QTS Realty Trust’s dividend payout ratio is 380.50%.

In related news, insider Shirley E. Goza sold 11,507 shares of QTS Realty Trust stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.24, for a total transaction of $670,167.68. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 16,770 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $976,684.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, COO James H. Reinhart sold 3,545 shares of QTS Realty Trust stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.22, for a total value of $195,754.90. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 74,837 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,132,499.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 28,246 shares of company stock valued at $1,627,938 in the last three months. 17.30% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on QTS shares. TheStreet raised QTS Realty Trust from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. SunTrust Banks raised their price target on QTS Realty Trust from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised QTS Realty Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of QTS Realty Trust in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Finally, Jefferies Group cut their price target on QTS Realty Trust from $71.00 to $65.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Monday, November 20th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $59.00.

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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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