Media headlines about DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE:DCT) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. DCT Industrial Trust earned a news sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.8656237326809 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on DCT shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of DCT Industrial Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. ValuEngine lowered shares of DCT Industrial Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $59.00 price objective on shares of DCT Industrial Trust in a research report on Friday, November 24th. Citigroup raised their target price on shares of DCT Industrial Trust from $56.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of DCT Industrial Trust in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.50.

DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE:DCT) opened at $57.91 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $5,474.35, a P/E ratio of 52.65, a PEG ratio of 5.31 and a beta of 0.95. DCT Industrial Trust has a 1 year low of $43.95 and a 1 year high of $61.53. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 0.87.

DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE:DCT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.61 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $105.18 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $105.96 million. DCT Industrial Trust had a net margin of 24.39% and a return on equity of 5.16%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.60 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that DCT Industrial Trust will post 2.44 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 4th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.36 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 21st. This is a positive change from DCT Industrial Trust’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.49%. DCT Industrial Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 130.91%.

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About DCT Industrial Trust

DCT Industrial Trust Inc (DCT) is an industrial real estate company. The Company specializes in the ownership, acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk-distribution and light-industrial properties located in various distribution markets in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: East, Central and West.

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