Essex Property Stock Hits New 52-Week High (ESS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Essex Property (NYSE: ESS) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $167.72, above its previous 52-week high of $167.54 with 129,538 shares traded as of 3:36 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 270,700 shares over the past 30 days.

Essex Property has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Essex Property Ratings Report.

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