Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) reached a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $21.55 and last traded at $21.50, with a volume of 989,254 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $21.05.

Several research firms recently issued reports on DOC. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on shares of Physicians Realty Trust from $20.00 to $21.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, May 6th. Raymond James Financial Inc. restated an “outperform” rating and set a $20.00 price objective (up from $17.50) on shares of Physicians Realty Trust in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada raised their price objective on shares of Physicians Realty Trust from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 7th. Wunderlich lifted their price target on shares of Physicians Realty Trust from $18.00 to $19.50 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 6th. Finally, Compass Point lifted their price target on shares of Physicians Realty Trust from $19.50 to $20.50 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $19.15.

The stock has a market capitalization of $2.35 billion and a P/E ratio of 117.41. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $20.85 and a 200 day moving average price of $18.72.

Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $44.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $43.64 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 80.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.20 EPS. Analysts forecast that Physicians Realty Trust will post $1.04 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 18th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, July 5th were issued a $0.225 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 30th. This represents a $0.90 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.14%.

In other Physicians Realty Trust news, EVP John Sweet sold 12,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.90, for a total value of $238,800.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 130,543 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,597,805.70. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Advisors LLC raised its position in Physicians Realty Trust by 3,139.2% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 1,506,563 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $25,401,000 after buying an additional 1,460,052 shares during the period. Employees Retirement System of Texas raised its position in Physicians Realty Trust by 193.7% in the fourth quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 232,038 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,912,000 after buying an additional 153,038 shares during the period. Pear Tree Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in Physicians Realty Trust during the fourth quarter worth about $1,949,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Physicians Realty Trust by 79.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 692,941 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $11,683,000 after buying an additional 306,729 shares during the period. Finally, Systematic Financial Management LP raised its position in Physicians Realty Trust by 20.3% in the fourth quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 2,910,014 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $49,062,000 after buying an additional 491,986 shares during the period.

Physicians Realty Trust (Physicians Realty) is a self-managed healthcare real estate company. The Company acquires, develops, owns and manages healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. As of December 31, 2014, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 87 properties located in 19 states of the United States with approximately 3,100,701 net leasable square feet.

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