AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB) Upgraded to "Buy" at Citigroup

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The institutional investor held 19,627 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $22.95 million, up from 18,287 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems Et Al who had been investing in Avalonbay Cmntys Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $23.02 billion market cap company.

AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The stock underperformed the S&P 500 by 24.65%. The company's stock sank 9.81% while Presima Inc bought 63,300 shares. Zeke Capital Advisors Llc who had been investing in Air Prods & Chems Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $35.68B market cap company. About 4.14 million shares traded or 24.58% up from the average. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has risen 76.78% since April 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.40% the S&P500.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. registered $5.26 million net activity with 0 insider purchases and 3 selling transactions since December 11, 2017. (NYSE:AVB) shares were sold by NAUGHTON TIMOTHY J. Breslin Sean J. had sold 1,500 shares worth $273,975.

United Services Automobile Association, which manages about $36.53 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Teleflex Inc (NYSE:TFX) by 2,339 shares to 17,294 shares, valued at $4.30 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Mid Amer Apt Cmntys Inc (NYSE:MAA) by 45,200 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 115,183 shares, and cut its stake in Greif Inc (NYSE:GEF). Another trade for 2,000 shs valued at $365,500 was made by HOREY LEO S III on Monday, December 11. (NYSE:AVB), 12 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that AvalonBay Communities will report full-year earnings of $8.94 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.87 to $9.03. On Friday, February 9 the firm has "Hold" rating by Zelman given. The firm has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Tuesday, August 8. The firm has "Overweight" rating given on Thursday, August 20 by Barclays Capital. Jefferies has "Hold" rating and $187.0 target. Finally, Sandler O'Neill lowered AvalonBay Communities from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. On Thursday, March 1 the rating was maintained by Argus Research with "Buy". The stock of Tavistock Investments PLC (LON:TAVI) earned "Corporate" rating by Northland Capital on Thursday, November 26. The stock presently has an average rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $191.00. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with "Hold" on Monday, October 23.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.28 in 2017 Q4. That's change of 0.01, from 2017Q3's 1.27.

Investors may be tracking certain levels on shares of Avalonbay Communities (AVB). 55 funds took holdings and 150 increased holdings. 127.43 million shares or 0.60% less from 128.20 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE:AVB) has declined 13.10% since April 15, 2017 and is downtrending.

Changing lanes, we'll look at what some of the short term technical indicators are reading for shares of Avalonbay Communities (AVB). Jefferies Group Ltd Company stated it has 14,937 shs or 0.01% of all its holdings. Pub Sector Pension Investment Board, a Quebec - Canada-based fund reported 7,425 shares. Sarasin And Ptnrs Limited Liability Partnership invested in 85,883 shares. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Geller Family Office Services Lc holds 0.18% or 305 shares. Lee Danner And Bass has 0.26% invested in SunTrust Banks, Inc. San Francisco Sentry Inv Gru (Ca) reported 3,531 shs. Teacher Retirement Sys Of Texas owns 0.04% invested in AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE:AVB). Gateway Advisers Ltd Liability Corp invested 0.01% of its portfolio in AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE:AVB). Huntington Bank & Trust invested in 527 shares. Aqr Mgmt Ltd Liability Co holds 315,662 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. (NYSE:AVB). Driehaus Capital Management Ltd accumulated 7,500 shares. 412,116 were reported by Wells Fargo And Mn. Pensionfund Dsm Netherlands reported 23,520 shs or 0.59% of all its holdings. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company's stock. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a "hold" rating and set a $190.00 price target on shares of AvalonBay Communities in a research report on Monday, November 27th. As per Monday, September 25, the company rating was upgraded by Evercore. The rating was downgraded by Johnson Rice on Wednesday, September 21 to "Hold". The stock of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE:CBI) earned "Hold" rating by Robert W. Baird on Friday, October 20. (NYSE:AVB). 220,529 were reported by Guggenheim Capital Limited Co. The rating was downgraded by JP Morgan to "Neutral" on Monday, January 29. The rating was maintained by Bank of America on Friday, November 17 with "Buy". During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.99 EPS. The firm earned "Equal Weight" rating on Friday, March 31 by Barclays Capital. AvalonBay Communities posted earnings per share of $2.09 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 5.3%. CBI's profit will be $46.14M for 7.70 P/E if the $0.45 EPS becomes a reality.