Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) shares reached a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $168.77 and last traded at $168.17, with a volume of 264,966 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $167.81.

Several research analysts have recently commented on the company. Jefferies Group assumed coverage on Federal Realty Investment Trust in a research report on Thursday, June 30th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $160.00 price target for the company. Stifel Nicolaus lowered Federal Realty Investment Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 24th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust in a research report on Saturday, May 14th. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered Federal Realty Investment Trust from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $136.00 to $130.00 in a research report on Friday, May 6th. Finally, Mizuho assumed coverage on Federal Realty Investment Trust in a research report on Wednesday, April 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $158.00 price target for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $152.27.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $158.51 and its 200-day moving average is $153.24. The stock has a market cap of $11.92 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 48.58.

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.38 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.37 by $0.01. The business earned $198.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $196.87 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.26 EPS. Federal Realty Investment Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Federal Realty Investment Trust will post $5.68 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 22nd will be issued a $0.94 dividend. This represents a $3.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.24%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, June 20th.

In other news, CEO Donald C. Wood sold 18,701 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $158.17, for a total transaction of $2,957,937.17. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 337,102 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $53,319,423.34. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Dawn M. Becker sold 13,314 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $158.46, for a total value of $2,109,736.44. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 127,768 shares in the company, valued at approximately $20,246,117.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 856,369 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $125,119,000 after buying an additional 18,963 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust by 377.8% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 9,465 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,383,000 after buying an additional 7,484 shares during the period. Stephens Inc. AR raised its stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust by 13.3% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 19,703 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,879,000 after buying an additional 2,312 shares during the period. Eaton Vance Management raised its stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust by 12,046.7% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 941,370 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $137,534,000 after buying an additional 933,620 shares during the period. Finally, American Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $2,267,000.

Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the ownership, management, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. As of December 31, 2014, the Company owned or had a majority interest in community and neighborhood shopping centers and mixed-use properties, which are operated as 89 retail real estate projects comprising approximately 20.2 million square feet.

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