Public Storage (PSA) is Downgraded by BofA/Merrill to Neutral

Public Storage (PSA) was Downgraded by BofA/Merrill to ” Neutral”. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Buy ” on the company shares. BofA/Merrill advised their investors in a research report released on Aug 11, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Public Storage. Public Storage was Downgraded by KeyBanc Capital Mkts to ” Underweight” on Jul 15, 2016. Public Storage was Initiated by FBR Capital to “Mkt Perform” on Jun 23, 2016.

On the company’s financial health, Public Storage reported $2.40 EPS for the quarter, based on the information available during the earnings call on Jul 27, 2016. Analyst had a consensus estimate of $2.40. The company had revenue of $594.39 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $594.83 million. The company’s revenue was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $2.17 EPS.

Public Storage closed down -2.26 points or -0.97% at $230.5 with 8,16,622 shares getting traded on Monday. Post opening the session at $232.5, the shares hit an intraday low of $230.14 and an intraday high of $234.09 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Monday session in Red.

Investors should note that on Jul 27, 2016, Public Storage announced a cash dividend of $1.8000. The company’s management has announced Sep 12, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Sep 14, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Sep 29, 2016.

In a different news, on Mar 17, 2016, Candace N. Krol (CHRO & SVP) sold 3,000 shares at $263.50 per share price. According to the SEC, on Mar 4, 2016, David F Doll (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT) sold 20,000 shares at $252.25 per share price. On Dec 16, 2015, John Reyes (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT / CFO) sold 25,000 shares at $248.50 per share price, according to the Form-4 filing with the securities and exchange commission.

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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