Are You Looking To Buy American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC)? First, Read This

American Campus Communities Inc. (NYSE:ACC) finished Friday with a subtraction of -$0.4 to close at $55.61, a downside of -0.71 percent. An average of 788,760 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $0.18 in the past week, and it reached a new high 43 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 744,480 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 709,982.

ACC stock has increased by 0.52% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $54.33 on 12/20/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 01/04/22, shares of the company touched a low of $40.01 and a high of $57.83 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 2 times so far this year and lost -2.93% or -$1.68 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -3.84% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

73 days have passed since American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC) last reported insider trading activity. Wilhelm James E III, who is EVP PublicPrivate Transactions, most recently acquired $5,396 shares at $55.04 per share on Nov 03. In this transaction, the insider spent $296,996. EVP PublicPrivate Transactions, Wilhelm James E III, disposed of 191 shares at a price of $53.04 on Oct 27. The insider now owns more than $10,131 worth of shares. Prior to that, EVP PublicPrivate Transactions Wilhelm James E III went on to Sale 12,123 shares at $53.01 each on Oct 26. An amount of $642,640 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 448.47, which compares with the 18.11 for the broader industry and 30.90 for the sector. The stock’s beta is 1.02. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 8.61, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 2.59, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 146.42.

The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was $0.47 a share, without any change from last year. Its latest increase dividend $0.01 reported on Thursday May 2 2019.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 1.25 and a total debt to equity ratio of 1.25 for the quarter ending September 29. Its gross profit as reported stood at $187.34 million compared to revenue of $870.58 million.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, American Campus Communities Inc.’s return on assets was 0.20%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 5.49 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended September 29, American Campus Communities Inc. had $562.34 million in total debt. In the quarter under review, the net income was up than the previous quarter. The company posted a net income of -$11.44 million in the quarter, while revenues of -$9.4 million were shrunk -70.63%. The analyst consensus anticipated American Campus Communities Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at -$0.1 per share, but it turned out to be -$0.09, a 10.00% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to $88.5 million. At the end of the quarter ending September 29, American Campus Communities Inc.’s stock balance sheet showed total debt was $4.22 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $139.16 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 14 January was 46.78%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 10.58%.

As of today, ACC’s price is $55.78 +0.32% or $0.18 from its 5-day moving average. ACC is currently trading +0.32% higher than its 20-day SMA and +13.63% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +2.07% above the SMA50 and +26.24% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 35.50% and 34.69%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.83. With the 14-day stochastic at 27.92% and the average true range at 0.90, the RSI (14) stands at 51.25%. The stock has reached 0.08 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -0.35.

Analyst Ratings

Deutsche Bank downgraded American Campus Communities Inc. (NYSE: ACC) to a a Hold rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a Buy. The consensus rating for American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell ACC, while 3 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 1 analysts, while 6 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is ACC’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $56.00 and $65.00, with a median target of $60.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC) stock is $60.38.


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