One of the standouts of today's afternoon trading session has been Equity Residential, which logged a -1.3% drop and underperformed the S&P 500 by -1.0%. The None stock is now trading at $53.87 per share and is -23.16% below its average target price of $70.11. Analysts have set target prices ranging from $62.0 to 95.0 dollars per share, and have given the stock an average rating of hold.
It seems the market sentiment regarding Equity Residential is mostly optimistic, since it has a short interest of only 2.2%. This is the percentage of the share float that is being shorted by investors who are hoping the stock's price will decrease in the future.
When a stock is sold short, it means an investor has borrowed shares of the stock from their broker, and then sold them at the going market price. The investor hopes for the price to decline, so that they might buy those shares back at a lower price in the future. Once they do, they can return the borrowed shares to their broker, and keep the profit they made on the transaction.
Another way to gauge the sentiment on Equity Residential is to look at the percentage of institutions that are invested in the stock. In this case, 92.6% of the shares are held by pension, mutual, and hedge funds, which shows that these institutions probably have strong confidence in the stock.
If institutions are invested in a particular stock, it shows in most cases that they have performed quality research and concluded that it is a good investment. In some cases, however, increases in institutional ownership could be a sign of a takeover attempt or proxy fight, which can actually injure share prices. Also, institutions are not infallible, and can certainly make miscalculations -- often with spectacular results.
To sum up, Equity Residential is probably the subject of None because of None, None, None, and None. At Market Inference, we believe that any investment decision should be preceded by an in-depth analysis of the company's fundamental values and a comparison with similar stocks.
Here's a snapshot of some important facts to keep in mind about EQR:
The stock has trailing 12 month earnings per share (EPS) of $1.74
Equity Residential has a trailing 12 month Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of 31.0 compared to the S&P 500 average of None
The company has a Price to Book (P/B) ratio of 1.86 in contrast to the S&P 500's average ratio of None
Equity Residential is a Real Estate company, and the sector average P/E and P/B ratios are None and None respectively