Press coverage about Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Liberty Property Trust earned a news sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.0319655660798 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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Several brokerages have recently commented on LPT. ValuEngine raised Liberty Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research raised Liberty Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Liberty Property Trust in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their target price on Liberty Property Trust from $44.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill raised Liberty Property Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.17.

Shares of Liberty Property Trust (LPT) traded up $0.28 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $44.87. The company had a trading volume of 636,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 747,926. The company has a current ratio of 1.78, a quick ratio of 1.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93. Liberty Property Trust has a twelve month low of $36.31 and a twelve month high of $45.08. The stock has a market capitalization of $6,573.37, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.22, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.91 and a beta of 0.87.

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.40 earnings per share (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 firm had revenue of $193.65 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $174.65 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.66 earnings per share. Liberty Property Trust’s revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Liberty Property Trust will post 2.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Liberty Property Trust announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Monday, October 2nd that permits the company to buyback $250.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization permits the real estate investment trust to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, October 15th. Investors of record on Monday, October 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 29th. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.57%. Liberty Property Trust’s dividend payout ratio is 67.51%.

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About Liberty Property Trust

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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