2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.60 (-1.0%) to $56.61 on light volume Thus far, 430,073 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.58-$57.41 after having opened the day at $57.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.21.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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