What Did This CEO Just Do with Personal Shares of Essex Property Trust (NYSE: ESS)?

By Carrie Williams

Today, the President & CEO of Essex Property Trust (ESSResearch Report), Michael Schall, sold shares of ESS for $1.53M.

Following Michael Schall’s last ESS Sell transaction on August 18, 2015, the stock climbed by 76.6%. In addition to Michael Schall, 4 other ESS executives reported Sell trades in the last month.

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Based on Essex Property Trust’s latest earnings report for the quarter ending December 31, the company posted quarterly revenue of $357 million and quarterly net profit of $118 million. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $348 million and had a net profit of $104 million. ESS’s market cap is $19.07B and the company has a P/E ratio of 48.48. Currently, Essex Property Trust has an average volume of 291.3K.

Based on 11 analyst ratings, the analyst consensus is Moderate Buy with an average price target of $283.56, reflecting a -0.9% downside.

The insider sentiment on Essex Property Trust has been negative according to 33 insider trades in the past three months. This sentiment is lower than the average sentiment of company insiders in this sector.

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Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of predominantly apartment communities. The company was founded by George M. Marcus in 1971 and is headquartered in San Mateo, CA.