Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT)’s share price reached a new 52-week high on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $169.28 and last traded at $169.06, with a volume of 179,247 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $165.81.

FRT has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. DA Davidson initiated coverage on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust in a report on Friday, April 1st. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $160.00 target price on the stock. Citigroup Inc. boosted their target price on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust from $150.00 to $156.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, April 1st. Mizuho initiated coverage on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust in a report on Wednesday, April 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $158.00 target price on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $136.00 to $130.00 in a report on Friday, May 6th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust in a report on Saturday, May 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $152.45.

The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $162.72 and a 200-day moving average price of $154.80. The firm has a market cap of $11.96 billion and a P/E ratio of 48.73.

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.37 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $198.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $196.87 million. The business’s revenue was up 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.26 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that Federal Realty Investment Trust will post $5.68 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 22nd were given a dividend of $0.94 per share. This represents a $3.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.23%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, June 20th.

In other news, EVP Dawn M. Becker sold 13,314 shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $158.46, for a total transaction of $2,109,736.44. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 127,768 shares in the company, valued at $20,246,117.28. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Donald C. Wood sold 18,701 shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust stock in a transaction dated 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 $53,319,423.34. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of FRT. GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,033,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased 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 worth $1,383,000 after buying an additional 7,484 shares during the period. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 10,478 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,531,000 after buying an additional 156 shares during the period. American Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust during the fourth quarter worth approximately $2,267,000. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. increased its stake in shares of Federal Realty Investment Trust by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 17,999 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,630,000 after buying an additional 886 shares during the period.

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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