EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) was downgraded by J P Morgan Chase & Co from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note issued on Friday, MarketBeat reports.

Several other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. B. Riley set a $80.00 target price on shares of EPR Properties and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of EPR Properties in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EPR Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. KeyCorp set a $80.00 target price on shares of EPR Properties and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of EPR Properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. EPR Properties currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $78.67.

EPR Properties (NYSE EPR) traded down $0.14 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $67.22. 1,129,168 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 310,173. The company has a current ratio of 7.88, a quick ratio of 7.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. EPR Properties has a twelve month low of $66.21 and a twelve month high of $77.70. The company has a market capitalization of $4,962.26, a PE ratio of 13.61 and a beta of 0.57.

In other EPR Properties news, VP Tonya L. Mater sold 2,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.09, for a total transaction of $142,989.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 28,929 shares in the company, valued at $1,969,775.61. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 1.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in EPR Properties by 4.4% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 10,791,750 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $775,604,000 after purchasing an additional 454,716 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in EPR Properties by 1.1% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,298,677 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $524,555,000 after purchasing an additional 78,416 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of EPR Properties by 22.9% during the second quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 3,849,777 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $276,684,000 after buying an additional 718,310 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its holdings in shares of EPR Properties by 0.6% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 2,125,915 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $152,787,000 after buying an additional 12,552 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Uniplan Investment Counsel Inc. increased its holdings in shares of EPR Properties by 69.5% during the second quarter. Uniplan Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 1,730,593 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $74,769,000 after buying an additional 709,368 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.79% of the company’s stock.

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EPR Properties Company Profile

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Company’s investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s segments include Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other. The Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels.

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