Essex Property Trust, Inc. (ESS) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

The company, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and develops community and neighborhood shopping centers that are tenanted by grocers, category-leading anchors, specialty retailers, and restaurants. It has a 55.49 P/E ratio.

Park West Asset Management Llc increased Scientific Games Corp (SGMS) stake by 100% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Veritable Lp bought 2,348 shares as the company's stock rose 11.60% with the market. 500,000 are owned by Nantahala Capital Management Ltd Co. Essex Ppty Tr Inc now has $16.26B valuation. The stock increased 0.27% or $0.65 during the last trading session, reaching $239.37. About 22.03 million shares traded or 60.52% up from the average. The stock of Essex Property Trust, Inc. It has underperformed by 1.69% the S&P500.

Among 26 analysts covering Essex Property Trust (NYSE:ESS), 13 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive. BTIG Research raised shares of Essex Property Trust from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $273.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, December 13 by Loop Capital. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 1,843 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock valued at $474,000 after acquiring an additional 95 shares during the last quarter. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with "Overweight" on Monday, August 21. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Morgan Stanley downgraded Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) rating on Wednesday, October 28. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Thursday, September 7 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The firm earned "Overweight" rating on Monday, May 16 by Capital One. The company was maintained on Friday, July 14 by RBC Capital Markets.

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 20 selling transactions for $5.27 million activity. About 66,188 shares traded. EUDY JOHN D also sold $420,308 worth of Essex Property Trust, Inc. Shares for $7.94M were sold by Slusher John F on Tuesday, January 2. 334 shares were sold by SCHALL MICHAEL J, worth $89,185 on Monday, September 11. On Tuesday, August 4 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Outperform". The insider ZIMMERMAN CRAIG K sold 166 shares worth $42,815. Edgemoor Invest Advisors owns 1.5% invested in Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC) for 677,407 shares. On Tuesday, August 1 MARTIN GARY P sold $261,940 worth of Essex Property Trust, Inc.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.22, from 0.9 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 21 investors sold ESS shares while 118 reduced holdings. 109 funds opened positions while 414 raised stakes. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Essex Property Trust's Q4 2017 earnings at $3.04 EPS. (NYSE:ESS) for 43,237 shares. Cetera Ltd owns 28,876 shares or 0.03% of their USA portfolio. Sumitomo Mitsui Tru Holdg has 242,304 shares. Prudential Financial invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS). (NYSE:ESS) to report earnings on February, 1. Essex Property Trust's payout ratio is 87.72%. (NYSE:ESS). Kentucky Retirement holds 4,028 shares. Rhumbline Advisers reported 136,981 shares stake.

In other Liberty Property Trust news, Director David L. Lingerfelt sold 18,000 shares of Liberty Property Trust stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The institutional investor held 40,000 shares of the real estate investment trusts company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.64 million, down from 60,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. (NYSE:ESS) for 73,816 shares. Point72 Asset Mngmt Limited Partnership holds 0.09% of its portfolio in Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY) for 164,600 shares. Boston Prns accumulated 468,278 shares or 0.01% of the stock. The Texas-based Bbva Compass Financial Bank has invested 0.02% in Essex Property Trust, Inc. 5,362 were reported by Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale. Insiders sold 9,687 shares of company stock worth $2,408,772 over the last quarter. The stock was sold at an average price of $257.92, for a total transaction of $85,887.36. Regency Centers Corporation (REG) has declined 19.56% since January 9, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.94% the S&P500.

Analysts await Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE:REG) to report earnings on February, 8 after the close. They expect $0.65 EPS, up 58.54% or $0.24 from last year's $0.41 per share. LPT's profit would be $98.11M giving it 15.86 P/E if the $0.65 EPS is correct. After $1.33 actual EPS reported by NVIDIA Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -13.53% negative EPS growth. (NYSE:ESS). Amica Pension Fund Board Of Trustees owns 2,297 shares or 0.07% of their U.S. portfolio. Lombard Odier Asset Management (Europe) Ltd holds 0.01% or 902 shares. Moreover, Cbre Clarion Securities Llc has 2.81% invested in the company for 4.10 million shares. The New York-based Mark Asset Management Corp has invested 6.04% in the stock. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, a New Mexico-based fund reported 15,193 shares.

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