The Vanguard Group, Inc. has recently announced that it has increased stake in Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:PDM) by 1.59%. After grabbing 19.75 million shares, the institutional investor is now in possession of 0.31 million shares of the Real Estate Company. The new investment brought the stake of investor firm to 15.98% having worth around $128.6 million. Moreover, BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its share by 1.07 million to have a control over 10.67 million shares. And SSgA Funds Management, Inc. raised its holdings to 85434.0 shares by acquiring 6.23 million shares or 5.04% of the stake.
Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (PDM) concluded trading on 05/24/23 at a closing price of $6.49, with 1.62 million shares of worth about $10.51 million changed hands on the day. Half year performance of the stock remained negative as price took a plunge of -36.50% during that period and on Wednesday the price saw a loss of about -4.14%. Currently the company’s common shares owned by public are about 123.55M shares, out of which, 122.26M shares are available for trading.
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A deeper look into what the analysts at Wall Street are thinking about the price target of this stock provides us with the following: 2 analysts are covering the PDM stock and their offered price forecasts bring an average price target of $11.25. Over the next 12 months, analysts forecasted that the stock’s price could jump as high as $14.00 and could fall to a lowest price of $8.50. The stock’s current price level is 42.31% above of average price target set by the analysts, while a rise to estimated low would result in gain of 23.65% for the stock. However, touching the estimated high of $14.00 would mean a gain of 53.64% for the stock.
According to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), insiders took part in trade of the company’s stock for 100 times over the past 12 months. They bought 467,826 shares in 57 of the transactions. In 43 selling transactions, insiders dumped 136,996 shares.
Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund, Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, and Capitol Series Trust – Fuller & T are the top 3 mutual funds which are holding stakes in Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund is currently holding 5.42 million shares of worth totaling $35.32 million. The company recently came selling 8202.0 shares which brought its stake up to 4.39% of the company’s outstanding shares. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF bought 3471.0 shares, after which its hold over company’s outstanding shares expand to 3.10%, leaving 3.83 million shares with the mutual fund that have a worth of about $24.91 million. Capitol Series Trust – Fuller & T, after buying 3.41 million shares, have now control over 2.76% of the stake in the company. It holds 0.0 shares of worth $22.22 million.
Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: PDM) started trading at $6.78, above $0.01 from concluding price of the previous day. However, the stock later moved at a day high price of 6.78, or with a loss of -4.14%. Stock saw a price change of 2.37% in past 5 days and over the past one month there was a price change of 4.85%. Year-to-date (YTD), PDM shares are showing a performance of -29.23% which decreased to -55.09% when we look at its performance for past 12 months. Over the period of past 52 weeks, stock dropped to lowest price of $5.99 but also hit the highest price of $14.84 during that period. The average intraday trading volume for Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. shares is 1.58 million. The stock is currently trading 0.99% above its 20-day simple moving average (SMA20), while that difference is down -3.38% for SMA50 and it goes to -31.76% lower than SMA200.
The Vanguard Group, Inc. acquired 19.75 million shares of Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. having value of about $128.6 million. Data submitted at the U.S SEC by The Vanguard Group, Inc. revealed that the firm now holds 0.31 million shares in the company valued at close to $2001477.06, or have control over 1.59% stake in the company. Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: PDM) currently have 123.55M outstanding shares and institutions hold larger chunk of about 87.70% of that. Holding of mutual funds in the company is about 38.06% while other institutional holders and individual stake holders have control over 49.87% and 2.28% of the stake respectively.
The stock has a current market capitalization of $792.49M and its 3Y-monthly beta is at 0.97. PE ratio of stock for trailing 12 months is 9.37, while it has posted earnings per share of $0.69 in the same period. Its PEG reads 2.34 while making debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21. Volatility of a stock is a metric used to know how much the price of that stock is under influence and for PDM, volatility over the week remained 3.94% while standing at 4.18% over the month.
Analysts are in expectations that Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (PDM) stock would likely to be making an EPS of -$0.01 in the current quarter, while forecast for next quarter EPS is $0 and it is -$0.02 for next year. For the current quarter EPS, analysts have given the company a lowest target -$0.01 which is -$0.01 at the higher side of the target for the same. When we compare those targets with actual EPS, we find that company posted an EPS of $0.06 in the same quarter a year ago. Stock’s fiscal year EPS is expected to drop by -102.50% while it is estimated to increase by 33.30% in next year. EPS is likely to shrink at an annualized rate of 4.00% for next 5-years, compared to annual growth of 5.30% made by the stock over the past 5-years.
Analysts at 2 brokerage firms have issued recommendations for the Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (PDM)’s stock and average of those rates the stock at a “Moderate Buy” and assign it a score of 2.00. Out of those 2 Wall Street analysts, 1 recommended a “Buy” rating, while 0 were in favor recommending the stock as a “Hold” and 0 analyst recommended the stock as “Sell”.
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