The Vanguard Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of new stake in STAG Industrial Inc. (NYSE:STAG). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Real Estate company by 1.96% to 26.06 million shares with purchase of 0.5 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 14.53% valued currently at $876.77 million. In addition, BlackRock Fund Advisors raised its holdings by 0.51 million to 14.22 million shares. And SSgA Funds Management, Inc. has lifted its position by 0.98% or 84576.0 shares – to 8.69 million shares.
With over 2.1 million STAG Industrial Inc. (STAG) shares trading Tuesday and a closing price of $32.35 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $68.04 million. The shares have shown a negative half year performance of -0.55% and its price on 03/14/23 gained nearly 1.44%. Currently, there are 179.07M common shares owned by the public and among those 178.93M 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: 10 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for STAG have a consensus price objective of $37.10. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $42.00 and a low of $33.00. The average price target is 12.69% above its recent price level and an upside to the estimated low will see the stock gain 1.97% over that period. But an upside of 22.98% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $36.50.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 38 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 32 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 15,730 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 6 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 31,107 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in STAG Industrial Inc. are Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, and Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund. Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund owns 8.0 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $269.06 million. The company sold 1752.0 shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 4.46% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index bought 27589.0 shares to see its total holdings expand to 5.49 million shares valued at over $184.68 million and representing 3.06% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund bought 25332.0 shares to bring its total holdings to over 4.64 million shares at a value of $156.19 million. Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund now owns shares totaling to 2.59% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of STAG Industrial Inc. (NYSE: STAG) opened at $32.57, up $0.68 from a prior closing price of $31.89. However, the script later moved the day high at 32.70, up 1.44%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of -2.85% and -2.38% over the past three months. STAG shares are trading 0.12% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -18.14% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $26.56 and touched a high of $42.49 over the same period. STAG has an average intraday trading volume of 999.83K shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by -4.91%, -6.11%, and 0.32% respectively.
Institutional ownership of STAG Industrial Inc. (NYSE: STAG) shares accounts for 88.40% of the company’s 179.07M shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 36.98%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 51.38% and 0.28% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $6.03B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.03. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 32.48, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $1.00. The company has a PEG of 4.64 and the debt-to-equity ratio at 0.74. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 3.43% over the week and 2.42% over the month.
Analysts forecast that STAG Industrial Inc. (STAG) will achieve an EPS of $0.17 for the current quarter, $0 for the next quarter and $0.65 for 2023. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.16 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.17. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $0.5 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to decrease by -13.20%, and 4.41% over the next financial year. EPS should shrink at an annualized rate of 7.00% over the next five years, compared to 33.50% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 10 brokerage firm advisors rate STAG Industrial Inc. (STAG) as a “Moderate Buy” at a consensus score of 2.20. Specifically, 4 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 3 of the 10 advise that investors “hold,” and 0 rated it as a “Sell.”
Looking at the support for the STAG, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. BMO Capital Markets stated their Outperform rating for the stock in a research note on February 06, 2023, with the firm’s price target at $41. Wells Fargo coverage for the STAG Industrial Inc. (STAG) stock in a research note released on November 22, 2022 offered a Equal Weight rating with a price target of $34. Robert W. Baird was of a view on January 11, 2022 that the stock is Outperform, while JP Morgan gave the stock Neutral rating on December 21, 2020, issuing a price target of $33. Robert W. Baird on their part issued Neutral rating on September 23, 2020.
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