News headlines about Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Investors Real Estate Trust earned a coverage optimism score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.8710704771899 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of NYSE:IRET traded up $0.03 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $5.40. 38,374 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 564,561. The firm has a market capitalization of $636.20, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.47, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.52 and a beta of 0.74. Investors Real Estate Trust has a fifty-two week low of $4.61 and a fifty-two week high of $6.75. The company has a quick ratio of 1.40, a current ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.00.

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The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 2nd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were given a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.19%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 14th. Investors Real Estate Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 59.57%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on IRET shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Investors Real Estate Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 31st. Robert W. Baird set a $6.00 target price on Investors Real Estate Trust and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine cut Investors Real Estate Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd.

In related news, Director Michael T. Dance purchased 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, March 19th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $5.01 per share, with a total value of $45,090.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 33,695 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $168,811.95. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Michael T. Dance purchased 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 18th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $24.95 per share, for a total transaction of $49,900.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have acquired a total of 25,400 shares of company stock worth $170,610 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.04% of the company’s stock.

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About Investors Real Estate Trust

IRET is a real estate company focused on the ownership, management, acquisition, redevelopment, and development of multifamily apartment communities. As of January 31, 2018, IRET owned interests in 89 multifamily properties consisting of 13,786 apartment homes. IRET's common shares and Series C preferred shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbols: IRET and IRET PRC, respectively).

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