EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) shares reached a new 52-week high during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $84.67 and last traded at $84.12, with a volume of 228,588 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $83.30.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on EPR shares. Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 price objective on shares of EPR Properties in a report on Sunday, July 24th. Citigroup Inc. increased their price objective on EPR Properties from $58.00 to $68.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, May 13th. Finally, KeyCorp upgraded EPR Properties from a “sector weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, July 14th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. EPR Properties presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.83.

The stock has a market cap of $5.34 billion and a PE ratio of 27.53. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $79.12 and a 200-day moving average price of $68.38.

The business also recently disclosed a aug 16 dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 29th will be paid a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 4.71%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 27th.

In other EPR Properties news, CAO Tonya L. Mater sold 2,509 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.49, for a total transaction of $176,859.41. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 28,813 shares in the company, valued at $2,031,028.37. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Thomas B. Wright III sold 582 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.76, for a total value of $38,854.32. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 22,665 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,513,115.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of EPR. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of EPR Properties by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 8,922,282 shares of the company’s stock worth $521,507,000 after buying an additional 428,192 shares in the last quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP boosted its position in EPR Properties by 1,799.8% in the fourth quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 834,814 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,794,000 after buying an additional 790,871 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its position in EPR Properties by 20.7% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 83,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,869,000 after buying an additional 14,300 shares during the period. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. boosted its position in EPR Properties by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 33,896 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,981,000 after buying an additional 747 shares during the period. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its position in EPR Properties by 59.0% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 82,980 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,850,000 after buying an additional 30,780 shares during the period.

EPR Properties (EPR) is a self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment portfolio includes entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company operates in four segments: Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Company’s Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.

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