The Vanguard Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of new stake in Independence Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:IRT). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Real Estate company by 1.39% to 32.24 million shares with purchase of 0.44 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 14.39% valued currently at $583.26 million. In addition, BlackRock Fund Advisors raised its holdings by 1.25 million to 26.75 million shares. And SSgA Funds Management, Inc. has lifted its position by 4.01% or 0.52 million shares – to 13.37 million shares.
With over 3.15 million Independence Realty Trust Inc. (IRT) shares trading Friday and a closing price of $16.66 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $52.43 million. The shares have shown a negative half year performance of -15.65% and its price on 03/10/23 lost nearly -3.36%. Currently, there are 223.93M common shares owned by the public and among those 222.66M shares have been available to trade.
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An analysis of what Wall Street brokers have to say about the expected price targets for this stock gives us this picture: 12 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for IRT have a consensus price objective of $21.09. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $25.00 and a low of $17.00. The average price target is 21.01% above its recent price level and an upside to the estimated low will see the stock gain 2.0% over that period. But an upside of 33.36% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $21.00.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 33 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 20 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 407,687 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 13 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 329,964 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in Independence Realty Trust Inc. are Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund, iShares Core S&P Mid Cap ETF, and Vanguard Total Stock Market Index. Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund owns 9.91 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $179.24 million. The company sold 5205.0 shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 4.42% of the shares outstanding. iShares Core S&P Mid Cap ETF bought 15828.0 shares to see its total holdings expand to 6.99 million shares valued at over $126.41 million and representing 3.12% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index bought 11921.0 shares to bring its total holdings to over 6.84 million shares at a value of $123.66 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index now owns shares totaling to 3.05% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of Independence Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: IRT) opened at $17.25, up $0.01 from a prior closing price of $17.24. However, the script later moved the day high at 17.31, down -3.36%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of -7.08% and -5.39% over the past three months. IRT shares are trading -1.19% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -36.27% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $15.04 and touched a high of $28.42 over the same period. IRT has an average intraday trading volume of 2.00 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by -8.85%, -7.65%, and -12.14% respectively.
Institutional ownership of Independence Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: IRT) shares accounts for 82.80% of the company’s 223.93M shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 38.50%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 49.88% and 3.31% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $3.87B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.03. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 31.73, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $0.53. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio at 0.73. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 3.12% over the week and 2.49% over the month.
Analysts forecast that Independence Realty Trust Inc. (IRT) will achieve an EPS of $0.06 for the current quarter, $0.03 for the next quarter and $0.19 for 2023. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is -$0.05 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.13. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $0.23 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 29.40%, and 31.78% over the next financial year. EPS should shrink at an annualized rate of -3.11% over the next five years, compared to 5.10% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 12 brokerage firm advisors rate Independence Realty Trust Inc. (IRT) as a “Moderate Buy” at a consensus score of 2.00. Specifically, 6 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 4 of the 12 advise that investors “hold,” and 0 rated it as a “Sell.”
Deutsche Bank coverage for the Independence Realty Trust Inc. (IRT) stock in a research note released on January 04, 2023 offered a Hold rating with a price target of $19. Jefferies was of a view on January 03, 2023 that the stock is Hold, while Jefferies gave the stock Buy rating on October 19, 2022, issuing a price target of $26- $20. BTIG Research on their part issued Buy rating on May 09, 2022.
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