AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, AvalonBay Communities rose $1.56 (1.1%) to $138.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 458,619 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $136.31-$138.50 after having opened the day at $136.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $136.81. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 21.6%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 12.4%, Rait Financial ( RAS), up 7.7%, and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 6.3%.
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AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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