4. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $1.46 (1.05) to $140.15 on average volume Thus far, 464,001 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 854,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.57-$141.04 after having opened the day at $138.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.69.

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 $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 robust revenue growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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