Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) Sees Large Increase in Short Interest

Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) has risen 20.29% since January 11, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 16.16% the S&P500.

Bellecapital International Ltd decreased its stake in Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd (BABA) by 51.35% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.25, for a total transaction of $53,125.00. The hedge fund held 48,087 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.14M, up from 15,087 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Patten Group Inc who had been investing in Mid for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $11.37B market cap company.

The stock increased 2.38% or $0.12 during the last trading session, reaching $5.16. About 325,973 shares traded. Preferred Apt. Communities has $2000 highest and $12 lowest target. (NYSE:MAA) tinted gains of +0.34% (+0.33 points) to US$96.48. It has underperformed by 15.78% the S&P500.

Several brokerages have weighed in on MAA. Carlson Capital LP reported 140,095 shares. First City Capital Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of Preferred Apartment Communities by 6.5% during the 2nd quarter. It also increased its holding in Lasalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) by 11,980 shares in the quarter, for a total of 86,770 shares, and has risen its stake in Laredo Petroleum Inc.

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Investors sentiment decreased to 0.85 in Q3 2017. 28 funds opened positions while 50 raised stakes. Kbc Group Inc Nv holds 0.04% or 42,162 shares in its portfolio. Morgan Stanley holds 300 shares. Rowland & Inv Counsel Adv accumulated 0.05% or 1,018 shares. London Co Of Virginia invested in 786,837 shares. Investors of record on Friday, January 12th will be issued a $0.9225 dividend. Fuller & Thaler Asset Mngmt accumulated 193,840 shares or 0.07% of the stock. Fjarde Ap owns 27,608 shares or 0.06% of their USA portfolio. Jefferies Gp Limited Liability owns 45,616 shares. Usca Ria Ltd Liability has 0.45% invested in Visa Inc. Voya Invest Mngmt Ltd Liability Co reported 0.19% stake. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.47 earnings per share. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings reported 402,110 shares or 0.06% of all its holdings. Arrowstreet Cap Limited Partnership accumulated 355,114 shares. Delta Asset Management Limited Liability Co Tn stated it has 8,225 shares. Robert W. Baird has "Outperform" rating and $100 target. Therefore 25% are positive. Yangarra Resources Ltd had 6 analyst reports since October 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Friday, November 3 by J.P. Morgan. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 11th. The firm earned "Equal-Weight" rating on Wednesday, August 10 by Barclays Capital. The rating was downgraded by Wells Fargo to "Underperform" on Thursday, July 13. On Monday, November 7 the stock rating was maintained by Wedbush with "Outperform". Compass Point maintained the shares of APTS in report on Thursday, November 5 with "Buy" rating. The company now has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $20.40. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, November 30 by BMO Capital Markets. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Friday, September 8 by BTIG Research. $14.75's average target is -21.50% below currents $18.79 stock price.

Investors sentiment increased to 3.1 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.11, from 1 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 33 investors sold MAA shares while 130 reduced holdings. 35 funds opened positions while 138 raised stakes. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.49) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of ($0.31) by ($0.18). Bank Of America De reported 0% stake. Millennium Mgmt Lc has 737,447 shares. Mid-America Apartment Communities's dividend payout ratio is presently 156.76%. Moreover, Ftb Advisors has 0.04% invested in Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. Public Employees Retirement System of OH now owns 273,589 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock valued at $29,241,000 after buying an additional 3,852 shares in the last quarter. Kentucky-based Teachers Retirement Systems Of The State Of Kentucky has invested 0.02% in Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.

Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS) traded down $0.22 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $18.87. (NYSE:YELP). Tcw Group Inc, California-based fund reported 380,600 shares. Commonwealth Equity has invested 0% of its portfolio in Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. Eii holds 34,469 shares or 1.38% of its portfolio. Murphy Mgmt reported 0.04% of its portfolio in Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) to report $1.48 EPS on February, 7.They anticipate $0.02 EPS change or 1.33% from last quarter's $1.5 EPS. MAA's profit will be $174.38 million for 15.58 P/E if the $1.48 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.50 actual earnings per share reported by Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -1.33% negative EPS growth. (NYSE:MAA). Steinberg Global Asset holds 0.04% in Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. Therefore 47% are positive. Mid-America Apartment Communities's revenue was up 38.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Mid-America Apartment Communities will post 5.92 EPS for the current year. Jefferies maintained Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) earned "Outperform" rating by Robert W. Baird on Friday, December 2. Mid-America Apartment Communities had a return on equity of 4.22% and a net margin of 16.73%. On Tuesday, July 11 the stock rating was reinitiated by FBR Capital with "Hold". As per Monday, June 6, the company rating was maintained by Raymond James. Mizuho maintained the shares of VTR in report on Friday, October 27 with "Hold" rating. The stock of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) rating on Monday, August 7. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Buy" on Thursday, November 2. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Suntrust Robinson on Friday, January 22.

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