HRPT Properties Trust (EQC) Given Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.18

News headlines about HRPT Properties Trust (NYSE:EQC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HRPT Properties Trust earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.7822045758544 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on EQC shares. Zacks Investment Research cut HRPT Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Stifel Nicolaus raised HRPT Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $31.00 to $32.00 in a report on Friday, February 16th.

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HRPT Properties Trust stock opened at $29.57 on Friday. HRPT Properties Trust has a fifty-two week low of $27.96 and a fifty-two week high of $32.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a current ratio of 39.45 and a quick ratio of 39.45. The stock has a market capitalization of $3,739.06, a PE ratio of 173.94 and a beta of 0.04.

HRPT Properties Trust (NYSE:EQC) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.19) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.21 by ($0.40). HRPT Properties Trust had a return on equity of 0.93% and a net margin of 8.71%. The firm had revenue of $71.62 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $78.03 million. equities analysts forecast that HRPT Properties Trust will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current year.

HRPT Properties Trust announced that its board has approved a share repurchase plan on Wednesday, March 14th that authorizes the company to repurchase $150.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the real estate investment trust to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are often a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

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