Weather Gauge Advisory LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) by 6.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 3,619 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 237 shares during the period. Weather Gauge Advisory LLC’s holdings in EPR Properties were worth $278,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also modified their holdings of EPR. Vanguard Group Inc grew its holdings in EPR Properties by 2.0% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 10,794,895 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $738,480,000 after acquiring an additional 212,539 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in EPR Properties by 3.8% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,590,809 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $614,101,000 after acquiring an additional 350,783 shares during the period. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its holdings in EPR Properties by 6,303.0% during the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 1,873,518 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $29,000 after acquiring an additional 1,844,258 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its holdings in EPR Properties by 46.9% during the fourth quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 1,785,935 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $114,353,000 after acquiring an additional 570,031 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in EPR Properties by 0.6% during the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,159,602 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $74,250,000 after acquiring an additional 7,086 shares during the period. 84.66% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

In other EPR Properties news, CFO Mark Alan Peterson sold 3,575 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.02, for a total transaction of $257,471.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Michael L. Hirons sold 8,128 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.97, for a total value of $609,356.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 15,563 shares of company stock worth $1,154,384 in the last three months. 1.36% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on EPR. ValuEngine raised EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, March 9th. Zacks Investment Research lowered EPR Properties from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 16th. Raymond James lifted their target price on EPR Properties from $76.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, March 22nd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised EPR Properties from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $72.75.

EPR traded up $0.11 during trading on Monday, reaching $79.38. The company had a trading volume of 402,923 shares, compared to its average volume of 407,793. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.94 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.01, a P/E/G ratio of 4.44 and a beta of 0.70. EPR Properties has a 12-month low of $52.80 and a 12-month high of $79.51. The company has a current ratio of 3.77, a quick ratio of 3.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04.

The business also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 15th. Investors of record on Friday, March 29th will be paid a $0.375 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 28th. This represents a $4.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.67%. EPR Properties’s dividend payout ratio is currently 73.77%.

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EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in properties in select market segments which require unique industry knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. Our total investments exceed $6.7 billion and our primary investment segments are Entertainment, Recreation and Education.

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