Essex Property Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (ESS)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Essex Property (NYSE: ESS) is tomorrow, March 28, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of $1.10 per share. At a price of $150 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Essex Property has been 306,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Essex Property has a market cap of $4.84 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Essex Property Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities primarily in the West Coast of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 144, below the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 146.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and poor profit margins. You can view the full Essex Property Ratings Report.

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