Heitman Real Estate Securities Has Increased Its Essex Property Trust (ESS) Holding; Tor Minerals International (TORM) Shorts Up By 128.57%

December 16, 2017 - By Adrian Mccoy

Heitman Real Estate Securities Llc increased Essex Property Trust Inc (ESS) stake by 600.54% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Heitman Real Estate Securities Llc acquired 199,440 shares as Essex Property Trust Inc (ESS)’s stock rose 11.60%. The Heitman Real Estate Securities Llc holds 232,650 shares with $59.85M value, up from 33,210 last quarter. Essex Property Trust Inc now has $17.06 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.32% or $0.79 during the last trading session, reaching $249.79. About 742,174 shares traded or 125.55% up from the average. Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) has risen 15.01% since December 16, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.69% the S&P500.

Tor Minerals International Incorporated (NASDAQ:TORM) had an increase of 128.57% in short interest. TORM’s SI was 6,400 shares in December as released by FINRA. Its up 128.57% from 2,800 shares previously. With 5,100 avg volume, 1 days are for Tor Minerals International Incorporated (NASDAQ:TORM)’s short sellers to cover TORM’s short positions. The SI to Tor Minerals International Incorporated’s float is 0.31%. The stock decreased 3.64% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $5.3. About 9,510 shares traded or 286.43% up from the average. TOR Minerals International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TORM) has risen 100.51% since December 16, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 83.81% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.3 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.13, from 1.17 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 22 investors sold ESS shares while 131 reduced holdings. 50 funds opened positions while 129 raised stakes. 64.73 million shares or 0.28% more from 64.55 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Carroll Fincl Assoc Inc accumulated 0% or 38 shares. The New York-based Cohen Steers Inc has invested 3.68% in Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS). Atlantic Trust Grp Llc holds 0.09% or 54,559 shares. Covington Capital Management owns 924 shares. Japan-based Asset Management One has invested 0.17% in Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS). Japan-based Nomura Asset Mngmt has invested 0.18% in Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS). Moreover, Principal Fincl Grp has 0.58% invested in Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) for 2.25 million shares. 550,167 are owned by Schwab Charles Invest Inc. 1St Glob Advsrs invested in 5,098 shares. Legg Mason Asset Mngmt (Japan) Limited accumulated 3,000 shares or 0.63% of the stock. Cap Fincl Advisers Ltd Company accumulated 0.02% or 6,721 shares. Moreover, Td Asset Management Inc has 0.01% invested in Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS). Cibc Asset Mgmt has invested 0.01% in Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS). Employees Retirement System Of Texas reported 0.09% of its portfolio in Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS). Forward Management Limited Liability Company reported 9,500 shares.

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 20 insider sales for $5.27 million activity. On Monday, September 11 EUDY JOHN D sold $44,592 worth of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) or 167 shares. $22,163 worth of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) was sold by Kleiman Angela L. on Monday, September 11. ZIMMERMAN CRAIG K had sold 167 shares worth $44,083 on Thursday, August 10. Burkart John F. also sold $87,193 worth of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) on Tuesday, August 1. MARTIN GARY P sold 1,000 shares worth $261,940. SCHALL MICHAEL J had sold 333 shares worth $87,902 on Thursday, August 10. $1.68M worth of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) was sold by SCORDELIS BYRON A.

Heitman Real Estate Securities Llc decreased Lasalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) stake by 13,696 shares to 265,676 valued at $7.92M in 2017Q2. It also reduced Welltower Inc stake by 315,529 shares and now owns 659,141 shares. New York Reit Inc (NYSE:NYRT) was reduced too.

Among 25 analysts covering Essex Property Trust (NYSE:ESS), 12 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. Essex Property Trust had 74 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Tuesday, November 10, the company rating was initiated by BB&T Capital. The company was maintained on Thursday, October 26 by Stifel Nicolaus. On Thursday, July 27 the stock rating was maintained by Cantor Fitzgerald with “Buy”. On Thursday, November 9 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The stock of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) earned “Hold” rating by Canaccord Genuity on Thursday, July 23. On Thursday, September 17 the stock rating was downgraded by Zacks to “Hold”. Bank of America downgraded the shares of ESS in report on Wednesday, November 23 to “Neutral” rating. The firm has “Equalweight” rating given on Tuesday, July 19 by Barclays Capital. Jefferies maintained it with “Hold” rating and $23400 target in Monday, July 3 report. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, June 8 by Jefferies.

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