Media coverage about AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AvalonBay Communities earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 48.0750141268954 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several analysts recently commented on AVB shares. SunTrust Banks set a $194.00 price objective on AvalonBay Communities and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 22nd. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $185.00 price objective on shares of AvalonBay Communities in a report on Friday, January 19th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $187.00 price objective on shares of AvalonBay Communities in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS Group upgraded AvalonBay Communities from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $190.00 to $206.00 in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Mizuho reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $220.00 target price on shares of AvalonBay Communities in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. AvalonBay Communities presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $199.06.

Shares of AvalonBay Communities (NYSE AVB) opened at $168.47 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.10 and a current ratio of 0.10. AvalonBay Communities has a 52 week low of $167.09 and a 52 week high of $199.52. The firm has a market capitalization of $23,487.37, a P/E ratio of 26.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.52 and a beta of 0.35.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a dividend of $1.42 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $5.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.37%. AvalonBay Communities’s dividend payout ratio is 88.75%.

In related news, CEO Timothy J. Naughton sold 25,160 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $183.84, for a total value of $4,625,414.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, COO Sean J. Breslin sold 1,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $182.65, for a total value of $273,975.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 30,660 shares of company stock worth $5,628,669. Insiders own 0.46% of the company’s stock.

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About AvalonBay Communities

AvalonBay Communities, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership and operation of multifamily communities primarily in New England, the New York/New Jersey metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Northern and Southern California.

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