News stories about Duke Realty (NYSE:DRE) have trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Duke Realty earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.2899825324168 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Duke Realty (NYSE:DRE) traded up $0.01 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $27.82. 4,970,806 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,951,534. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,904.28, a P/E ratio of 22.25, a PEG ratio of 5.13 and a beta of 0.90. Duke Realty has a 52 week low of $23.93 and a 52 week high of $30.14. The company has a quick ratio of 3.23, a current ratio of 3.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45.

Duke Realty (NYSE:DRE) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.29 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $169.61 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $168.75 million. Duke Realty had a net margin of 178.66% and a return on equity of 6.36%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.31 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Duke Realty will post 1.24 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a special dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were given a dividend of $0.85 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This is an increase from Duke Realty’s previous special dividend of $0.20. This represents a yield of 2.74%. Duke Realty’s payout ratio is currently 19.18%.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. BMO Capital Markets assumed coverage on shares of Duke Realty in a research note on Monday, September 11th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $30.00 price objective for the company. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $31.00 price objective on shares of Duke Realty in a research note on Thursday, September 21st. J P Morgan Chase & Co downgraded shares of Duke Realty from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $30.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Duke Realty from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Duke Realty from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Duke Realty presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $29.67.

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About Duke Realty

Duke Realty Corporation is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company and Duke Realty Limited Partnership collectively specialize in the ownership, management and development of bulk distribution (industrial) and medical office real estate. It operates through three segments, the first two of which consist of the ownership and rental of industrial and medical office real estate investments.

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