Press coverage about Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Digital Realty Trust earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.7373275579588 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of research firms have issued reports on DLR. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on shares of Digital Realty Trust from $110.00 to $117.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 1st. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of Digital Realty Trust in a report on Monday, June 12th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Digital Realty Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Digital Realty Trust in a report on Monday, May 1st. Finally, Cowen and Company raised shares of Digital Realty Trust from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $106.00 to $126.00 in a report on Monday, June 12th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $116.67.

Shares of Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) traded down 1.36% during trading on Thursday, hitting $112.85. 1,471,711 shares of the company were exchanged. The company has a 50 day moving average of $114.04 and a 200-day moving average of $111.11. Digital Realty Trust has a 1-year low of $85.63 and a 1-year high of $121.53. The stock has a market capitalization of $18.30 billion, a PE ratio of 45.84 and a beta of -0.03.

Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.54 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.05. Digital Realty Trust had a return on equity of 12.39% and a net margin of 21.27%. The company had revenue of $565.99 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $559.93 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.42 EPS. Digital Realty Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Digital Realty Trust will post $1.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a $0.93 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $3.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.30%. Digital Realty Trust’s payout ratio is 148.21%.

In related news, SVP Joshua A. Mills sold 9,211 shares of Digital Realty Trust stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total value of $1,105,320.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 13,377 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,605,240. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director William G. Laperch acquired 1,200 shares of Digital Realty Trust stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $25.00 per share, with a total value of $30,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 1,200 shares in the company, valued at approximately $30,000. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Digital Realty Trust

Digital Realty Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of owning, acquiring, developing and operating data centers. The Company is focused on providing data center and colocation solutions for domestic and international tenants across a range of industry verticals ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products.

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