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

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AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, AvalonBay Communities fell $1.99 (-1.5%) to $127.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $127.69-$129.86 after having opened the day at $129.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.69. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 16.3%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 14.3%, Transcontinental Realty ( TCI), down 9%, and LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 6.7%.
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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 $12.74 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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