Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Liberty Property Trust (LPT) Share Price

Media stories about Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Liberty Property Trust earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.4348865298762 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Liberty Property Trust (LPT) opened at $40.67 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $5,997.24, a P/E ratio of 21.29, a P/E/G ratio of 2.62 and a beta of 0.78. Liberty Property Trust has a 12-month low of $37.21 and a 12-month high of $45.40. The company has a current ratio of 1.50, a quick ratio of 1.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92.

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 6th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.03. Liberty Property Trust had a return on equity of 8.59% and a net margin of 37.90%. The firm had revenue of $192.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $173.02 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.41 EPS. analysts anticipate that Liberty Property Trust will post 2.59 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Sunday, April 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be paid a $0.40 dividend. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.93%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. Liberty Property Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 83.77%.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on LPT. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded Liberty Property Trust from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $41.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Friday, December 15th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Liberty Property Trust from $43.00 to $44.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, December 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Liberty Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. SunTrust Banks upgraded Liberty Property Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 target price on shares of Liberty Property Trust in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $43.57.

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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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