KBC Group NV boosted its holdings in shares of Duke Realty Corp (NYSE:DRE) by 142.3% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 265,987 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 156,202 shares during the quarter. KBC Group NV owned 0.07% of Duke Realty worth $6,889,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. WINTON GROUP Ltd increased its stake in Duke Realty by 1,367.1% during the third quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd now owns 117,047 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,321,000 after purchasing an additional 109,069 shares during the period. Green Street Investors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Duke Realty during the third quarter worth approximately $8,394,000. Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. purchased a new stake in shares of Duke Realty during the third quarter worth approximately $103,000. Lourd Capital LLC acquired a new position in Duke Realty in the third quarter valued at approximately $217,000. Finally, Aperio Group LLC boosted its holdings in Duke Realty by 2.6% in the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 131,313 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $3,725,000 after purchasing an additional 3,272 shares in the last quarter. 93.15% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
DRE has been the subject of several research analyst reports. ValuEngine raised Duke Realty from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 24th. SunTrust Banks raised Duke Realty from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Duke Realty from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 19th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of Duke Realty in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co upgraded Duke Realty from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $30.00 to $33.00 in a research note on Tuesday, December 11th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $30.13.
In related news, CFO Mark A. Denien sold 46,328 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, February 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.49, for a total transaction of $1,366,212.72. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 7,059 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $208,169.91. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Nicholas C. Anthony sold 9,937 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.07, for a total value of $288,868.59. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 28,016 shares in the company, valued at $814,425.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.24% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
NYSE:DRE traded down $0.06 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $29.66. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 38,506 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,602,457. The stock has a market capitalization of $10.64 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.28, a PEG ratio of 4.40 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 2.60 and a current ratio of 2.50. Duke Realty Corp has a 52-week low of $24.30 and a 52-week high of $30.12.
Duke Realty (NYSE:DRE) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 30th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by ($0.17). Duke Realty had a return on equity of 8.02% and a net margin of 40.48%. The business had revenue of $202.86 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $200.75 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.30 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 5.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Duke Realty Corp will post 1.39 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 28th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 14th will be given a $0.215 dividend. This represents a $0.86 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.90%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 13th. Duke Realty’s dividend payout ratio is currently 64.66%.
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Duke Realty Company Profile
Duke Realty Corporation owns and operates approximately 150 million rentable square feet of industrial assets in 20 major logistics markets. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P 500 Index.
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