Daiwa Securities Group Lowers stake in Public Storage (PSA)

Public Storage (PSA) : Daiwa Securities Group reduced its stake in Public Storage by 5.77% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 2,542,858 shares of Public Storage which is valued at $665.9 Million after selling 155,849 shares in Public Storage , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on May 12, 2016.Public Storage makes up approximately 4.34% of Daiwa Securities Group’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Paradigm Asset Management Co reduced its stake in PSA by selling 2,400 shares or 12.97% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 16,100 shares of PSA which is valued at $4.2 Million. Public Storage makes up approx 0.79% of Paradigm Asset Management Co’s portfolio.Great Lakes Advisors boosted its stake in PSA in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 4,888 additional shares and now holds a total of 17,505 shares of Public Storage which is valued at $4.6 Million. Public Storage makes up approx 0.13% of Great Lakes Advisors’s portfolio.California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in PSA in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 19,600 additional shares and now holds a total of 430,217 shares of Public Storage which is valued at $113.3 Million. Public Storage makes up approx 0.18% of California Public Employees Retirement System’s portfolio.Ohio National Investments boosted its stake in PSA in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 100 additional shares and now holds a total of 3,300 shares of Public Storage which is valued at $807,873. Public Storage makes up approx 0.15% of Ohio National Investments’s portfolio.Tarbox Group reduced its stake in PSA by selling 8 shares or 22.86% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 27 shares of PSA which is valued at $6,610.

Public Storage opened for trading at $251.33 and hit $253.35 on the upside on Friday, eventually ending the session at $252.38, with a gain of 1.03% or 2.58 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 7,84,853 shares. Company has a market cap of $43,758 M.

On the company’s financial health, Public Storage reported $2.21 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.02 according to the earnings call on Apr 26, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $2.19. The company had revenue of $611.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $573.24 million. The company’s revenue was up 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.94 EPS.

Investors should note that on Apr 26, 2016, Public Storage announced a cash dividend of $1.8000. The company’s management has announced Jun 13, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Jun 15, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Jun 30, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Public Storage. Company shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on May 11, 2016 to “Sector Perform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 243 from a previous price target of $235 .Company shares were Reiterated by Barclays on May 2, 2016 to “Equal Weight”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 253 from a previous price target of $251 .Public Storage was Downgraded by Goldman to ” Sell” on Apr 25, 2016.

Public Storage (the Trust) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust’s principal business activities include Domestic Self-Storage European Self-Storage and Commercial. The Trust acquires develops owns and operates self-storage facilities which offer storage spaces for lease on a month-to-month basis for personal and business use. It has direct and indirect equity interests in self-storage facilities in the United States operating under the Public Storage brand name. The Trust has an around 49% equity interest in Shurgard Self Storage Europe Limited (Shurgard Europe) which owns approximately 192 self-storage facilities (10 million net rentable square feet of space) located in seven countries in Western Europe operated under the Shurgard brand name. The Trust has an around 42% equity interest in PS Business Parks Inc. (PSB) a publicly held REIT which owns and operates around 28.6 million net rentable square feet of commercial space.

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