Which Direction are Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) and Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE:EXR) Headed? Update on the Shares

Keen investors are consistently searching for true bargains in the stock market. Finding these stocks can make the difference between a winning or losing portfolio. Shares of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) have come into focus as of late. In recent trading activity, company stock has moved -0.81% touching the price of $91.32. Moving forward, the investment community will be watching to see if shares can gain some positive momentum.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) shares have performed -5.02%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are -15.96%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are -9.05%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed -9.19%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company
Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) have been seen trading -14.47% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading -0.72% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -17.69% off the 52-week high and -0.72% away from the 52-week low.

Seasoned investors are often on the lookout for a value name with solid upside.  Recently attention has been given to shares of Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE:EXR) as the stock recently touched $82.25, a -0.04% move from the most recent open.

Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running. Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast. Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying. Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons.

The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE:EXR) has performed -1.97%. For the past month, shares are -6.39%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 0.78%. Looking back further, Extra Space Storage Inc. stock has been 7.26% over the last six months, and -5.95% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 11.43%.

There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE:EXR) have been seen trading 3.18% away from the 200-day moving average and -4.11% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -7.13% away from the 52-week high and separated 15.29% from the 52-week low. Extra Space Storage Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 33.59.

Recommendations

Based on the stock’s volatility for the week, which is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given stock and represents average daily high/low percentage range of 1.97% and month of 1.53%.  So are analysts giving the Buy signal at this juncture?  Sell-side firms currently have a consensus recommendation of 2.60 on the shares.  This is based on a 1 to 5 formula where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Analysts are projecting the stock to trade at 87.93 within the next 12-18 months.