NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Federal Realty Investment (NYSE: FRT) is tomorrow, December 29, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 69 cents per share. At a price of $91.58 as of 12:50 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Federal Realty Investment has been 564,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $5.79 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.6, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 39.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report.

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