Intu Properties plc (LON:INTU) traded up 25.4% on Friday . The company traded as high as GBX 204 ($2.66) and last traded at GBX 186.35 ($2.43). 6,968,210 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 55% from the average session volume of 4,510,000 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 148.55 ($1.94).

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Numis Securities restated a “hold” rating on shares of Intu Properties in a research note on Friday. Peel Hunt upgraded shares of Intu Properties to a “hold” rating and raised their price objective for the company from GBX 180 ($2.34) to GBX 190 ($2.47) in a report on Friday. Liberum Capital reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Intu Properties in a report on Friday, July 20th. Deutsche Bank lowered shares of Intu Properties to a “sell” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from GBX 210 ($2.74) to GBX 150 ($1.95) in a report on Thursday, July 12th. Finally, Barclays dropped their price objective on shares of Intu Properties from GBX 180 ($2.34) to GBX 160 ($2.08) and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Monday, August 6th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of GBX 190.36 ($2.48).

Intu Properties (LON:INTU) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The real estate investment trust reported GBX 7.30 ($0.10) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of GBX 7.50 ($0.10) by GBX (0.20) ($0.00). Intu Properties had a net margin of 39.93% and a return on equity of 5.08%.

The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 20th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 18th will be issued a dividend of GBX 4.60 ($0.06) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 18th. This represents a yield of 2.74%.

About Intu Properties (LON:INTU)

Intu owns and manages some of the best shopping centres, in some of the strongest locations, in the UK and Spain. Our UK portfolio is made up of 17 centres, including 10 of the top-25, and in Spain we own three of the country's top-10 centres, with advanced plans to build a fourth. We are passionate about creating compelling experiences, in centre and online, that make our customers smile and help our retailers flourish.

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