News stories about Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Liberty Property Trust earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.9245534207439 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) traded up $0.06 on Thursday, reaching $43.94. The company had a trading volume of 494,132 shares, compared to its average volume of 737,015. Liberty Property Trust has a 1 year low of $37.21 and a 1 year high of $45.40. The firm has a market cap of $6,507.03, a PE ratio of 19.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.89 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 1.78 and a quick ratio of 1.78.

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.40 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 company had revenue of $193.65 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $174.65 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.66 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Liberty Property Trust will post 2.55 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.64%. Liberty Property Trust’s payout ratio is 67.51%.

Liberty Property Trust declared that its board has approved a stock buyback program 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. Shares buyback programs are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

Several research firms recently issued reports on LPT. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $43.00 price objective on shares of Liberty Property Trust in a report on Thursday. ValuEngine upgraded Liberty Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Liberty Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Liberty Property Trust in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price objective on Liberty Property Trust from $44.00 to $46.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Liberty Property Trust currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.00.

In related news, Director David L. Lingerfelt sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.56, for a total transaction of $802,080.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 56,814 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,531,631.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

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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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