Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on STWD. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Starwood Property Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 25th. ValuEngine downgraded Starwood Property Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $24.00.

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE STWD) traded down 0.46% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $21.67. 2,266,148 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.62 billion, a PE ratio of 12.45 and a beta of 0.53. Starwood Property Trust has a one year low of $21.11 and a one year high of $23.01. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $22.01 and a 200-day moving average price of $22.22.

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.51 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $211.57 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $244.13 million. Starwood Property Trust had a net margin of 55.89% and a return on equity of 11.39%. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.50 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that Starwood Property Trust will post $2.10 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, CFO Rina Paniry sold 6,867 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.96, for a total value of $150,799.32. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 100,026 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,196,570.96. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, COO Andrew Jay Sossen sold 11,270 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.94, for a total transaction of $247,263.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 108,258 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,375,180.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in Starwood Property Trust by 5.5% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 22,179,781 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $496,604,000 after acquiring an additional 1,156,034 shares during the last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC raised its position in Starwood Property Trust by 2.9% during the second quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 7,631,024 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $170,859,000 after purchasing an additional 215,564 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management raised its position in Starwood Property Trust by 4.4% during the second quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 5,296,409 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $118,586,000 after purchasing an additional 223,100 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA raised its position in Starwood Property Trust by 22.7% during the first quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 4,778,303 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $107,894,000 after purchasing an additional 883,587 shares during the period. Finally, Clough Capital Partners L P raised its position in Starwood Property Trust by 107.0% during the first quarter. Clough Capital Partners L P now owns 3,651,545 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $81,341,000 after purchasing an additional 1,887,782 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 68.58% of the company’s stock.

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