Shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (NYSE:ELS) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $82.00 and last traded at $81.94, with a volume of 126,319 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $80.65.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on ELS. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $77.00 price target on shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties in a research note on Thursday. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price objective on Equity Lifestyle Properties from $70.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 7th. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties in a research note on Saturday, June 4th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Equity Lifestyle Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 5th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Equity Lifestyle Properties presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of C$71.25.

The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $77.59 and a 200 day moving average price of $72.07. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.97 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.26.

Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE:ELS) last announced its earnings results on Monday, July 18th. The company reported $0.75 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.74 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.70 earnings per share. The business earned $210.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $114.76 million. Equity Lifestyle Properties’s revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. will post $3.30 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 8th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 24th were paid a $0.425 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, June 22nd. This represents a $1.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.08%.

In other Equity Lifestyle Properties news, EVP Roger Maynard sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$71.64, for a total value of C$1,074,600.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 155,379 shares in the company, valued at approximately C$11,131,351.56. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. raised its position in shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 15,071 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,006,000 after buying an additional 287 shares during the period. Standard Life Investments LTD raised its position in shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties by 63.3% in the fourth quarter. Standard Life Investments LTD now owns 115,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,672,000 after buying an additional 44,616 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its position in shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties by 3.5% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 208,626 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,909,000 after buying an additional 7,000 shares during the period. Advantus Capital Management Inc raised its position in shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties by 8.0% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 291,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,414,000 after buying an additional 21,500 shares during the period. Finally, Redwood Capital Investments LLC purchased a new position in shares of Equity Lifestyle Properties during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $62,805,000.

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an integrated owner and operator of lifestyle-oriented properties (Properties) consisting primarily of manufactured home (MH) communities, and recreational vehicle (RV) resorts and campgrounds. The Company operates through two segments: Property Operations, and Home Sales and Rentals Operations.

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