Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. increased its position in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) by 22.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 3,281 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 605 shares during the period. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc.’s holdings in Digital Realty Trust were worth $371,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. GWM Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Digital Realty Trust by 0.8% in the first quarter. GWM Advisors LLC now owns 4,312 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $461,000 after buying an additional 34 shares during the period. Sheets Smith Wealth Management boosted its position in Digital Realty Trust by 0.8% in the first quarter. Sheets Smith Wealth Management now owns 4,912 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $523,000 after buying an additional 39 shares during the period. Telos Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in Digital Realty Trust by 1.2% in the first quarter. Telos Capital Management Inc. now owns 4,661 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $496,000 after buying an additional 54 shares during the period. ING Groep NV boosted its position in Digital Realty Trust by 0.5% in the second quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 13,078 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,477,000 after buying an additional 63 shares during the period. Finally, BTIM Corp. boosted its position in Digital Realty Trust by 0.3% in the second quarter. BTIM Corp. now owns 25,100 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,835,000 after buying an additional 75 shares during the period.

Shares of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE DLR) traded down 0.91% during trading on Friday, reaching $111.82. The company had a trading volume of 1,282,903 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $18.14 billion, a PE ratio of 45.42 and a beta of -0.03. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $113.61 and its 200-day moving average price is $111.16. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. has a 52 week low of $85.63 and a 52 week high of $121.53.

Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.05. Digital Realty Trust had a net margin of 21.27% and a return on equity of 12.39%. The business had revenue of $565.99 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $559.93 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.42 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 9.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Digital Realty Trust, Inc. will post $1.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a $0.93 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $3.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.33%. Digital Realty Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 148.21%.

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Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on DLR shares. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Digital Realty Trust in a research note on Monday, May 1st. BidaskClub raised Digital Realty Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 24th. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their target price on Digital Realty Trust from $105.00 to $109.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. Wells Fargo & Company downgraded Digital Realty Trust from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $118.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, May 17th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on Digital Realty Trust from $110.00 to $117.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 1st. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $116.67.

In other Digital Realty Trust news, SVP Joshua A. Mills sold 9,211 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total value of $1,105,320.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 13,377 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,605,240. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director William G. Laperch purchased 1,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $25.00 per share, for a total transaction of $30,000.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 1,200 shares in the company, valued at $30,000. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.40% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

About Digital Realty Trust

Digital Realty Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of owning, acquiring, developing and operating data centers. The Company is focused on providing data center and colocation solutions for domestic and international tenants across a range of industry verticals ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR)

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