Essex Property Trust, Inc. (ESS) stock trades up, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group LLC Analysts

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) shares rose on Tuesday January 31 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.60% fell 140 points, or 0.7%, to 19,833, with 26 of the 30 blue-chip companies trading lower. Nike, Inc. NKE, -1.10% down 2.4% and Intel Corp. INTC, -1.70% off 1%, were leading losses.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.33% was off by 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,270 with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Industrials, consumer-discretionary, and technology shares were the worst performers, while real estate and utilities stocks attracted buyers.

The health-care sector, which was down in early trade, rebounded after President Trump called for scaling back drugmaker’s regulation, lowering taxes and prices of medicines.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.25% declined 31 points, or 0.6%, to 5,581.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group LLC in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $240.08 is higher than the opening price of $223.63, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Essex Property Trust, Inc. stock has a high of $237.50. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) opened at $223.63 yesterday and traded in a range between, $222.90 and $224.50, and last traded at $223.74, a spike of $0.50 from the previous closing price.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) currently has a market cap of 14.66B.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) Average Daily Trading Volume

40,858 shares traded hands yesterday, 22 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 65,073,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) have ranged from $191.25 – 237.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $227.66 and 200-day MA of $222.20. Today’s last price is 5.79%% under the 52 week high of $237.50.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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