RAIT Financial Trust (RAS) Trading Up 5.3%

Shares of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE:RAS) were up 5.3% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $0.41 and last traded at $0.40. Approximately 958,648 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 90% from the average daily volume of 503,439 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.38.

Several analysts have issued reports on RAS shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of RAIT Financial Trust from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. B. Riley reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of RAIT Financial Trust in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of RAIT Financial Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $1.78.

The company has a current ratio of 8.50, a quick ratio of 8.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 8.39.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in shares of RAIT Financial Trust by 162.4% during the second quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 265,132 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $581,000 after acquiring an additional 164,100 shares in the last quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of RAIT Financial Trust by 236.1% during the second quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 979,408 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,145,000 after acquiring an additional 688,000 shares in the last quarter. Cetera Investment Advisers bought a new stake in shares of RAIT Financial Trust during the second quarter valued at approximately $1,348,000. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. bought a new stake in shares of RAIT Financial Trust during the second quarter valued at approximately $297,000. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of RAIT Financial Trust by 5.3% during the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 167,388 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $367,000 after acquiring an additional 8,449 shares in the last quarter. 51.77% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About RAIT Financial Trust

RAIT Financial Trust (RAIT) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on providing commercial real estate (CRE) financing throughout the United States. The core of its business is a full service CRE lending platform focused on first lien loans. It offers customized lending solutions to meet borrower needs and internal credit goals.

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