AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (AVB) stock slips, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Mizuho Analysts

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) shares fell on Tuesday February 7 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Mizuho analysts reiterated its Buy rating on AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $188.52 is higher than the opening price of $174.60, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. stock has a high of $192.29. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) shares last traded at $174.79, which is a dip of $0.03 from the previous closing price. Opening at $174.60, they fluctuated from $174.29 and $175.65 throughout the day.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) currently has a market cap of 24.01B.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) Average Daily Trading Volume

44,925 shares traded hands yesterday, 30 percent below the average, out of a total float 136,916,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) have ranged from $158.32 – 192.29, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $175.31 and 200-day MA of $173.54. Today’s last price is 9.10%% lower than the 52 week high of $192.29.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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