Post Properties The real estate investment trust reported first-quarter earnings Monday of $20.9 million, or 39 cents a share, a reversal from a year-earlier loss of $0.4 million, or a penny a share. Shares of Post Properties hit a 52-week high Tuesday of $49.89. The stock's 52-week low of $32.18 was set on Oct. 4. Post Properties' shares trade at a forward P/E of 44.8X; the average for residential REITs is 48.1X. For comparison, AvalonBay ( AVB) shares trade at a higher forward P/E of 45.3X. Ten of the 19 analysts who cover Post rate it at buy. Eight analysts give the stock a hold rating and one rates it at sell. The stock has risen 13.2% year to date. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.