At StateoftheMarkets.com, we strive to “own the best and ignore the rest” in our equity portfolios. Toward this end, each day we search our database for a “top stock” (a top rated company in terms of earnings strength as well as company and industry performance) that presents a strong technical “set up” and a good entry point.
In short, when our equity team is looking to add a stock to one of our portfolios, the “bull’s eye” stock shown below is generally their first choice.
|Company||Symbol||Industry||Stock Rating||YTD% Gain||S.T.
|Extra Space Storage Inc||EXR||Specialized REITs||8.6||+6.57%||$37.85|
Why We Like The Stock:
Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR) is our most compelling buy today due to the fact that it is a top rated stock (in terms of earnings strength and company/industry performance). Much like related companies AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) and Public Storage (NYSE:PSA), EXR sports a positive technical set-up in the long-, intermediate-, and short-term. After pulling back off its highs around $40.50 in February, EXR has rebounded and is trending higher once again. Early last week, the stock crossed above its short-term moving averages. We like EXR at its current price, using the 50-day moving average as a cushion. Our target for a short-term trade would be at the stock’s February highs ($40.63). There is support at $38, though anything lower would make this trade much less attractive, so we’d either enter at current prices or at a pullback and subsequent holding of the $38 level.
We Would Be Buyers:
At the current price (~$38.99), or on a pullback to $38.
Extra Space Storage is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The company owns, operates, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops professionally managed self-storage facilities. As of December 31, 2011, Extra Space Storage held ownership interests in 697 operating properties. Of these operating properties, 356 are wholly owned, and 341 are owned in joint venture partnerships. An additional 185 operating properties that are owned by franchisees or third-parties in exchange for a management fee, bringing the total number of properties which it owns or manages to 882. The company operates in three segments: property management, acquisition and development; rental operations, and tenant reinsurance.
Stock Rating: 8.6
The Stock Rating indicates the combined score of our proprietary Earning Strength and Company Performance models. The rating scale is 0 – 10 with 10 being the highest.
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