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The Outlook is Brightening for These Companies - and Their Stocks are On Sale

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Extreme uncertainty can really push stocks around, and this historically unprecedented pandemic has certainly proven that.

Take the steep selloff in normally defensive Utility and Real Estate stocks. With the country in a mandated lockdown that initially had no end in sight, these stocks got clobbered, as the need for office space and hotels evaporated while corporate utility usage plunged.

A murky outlook has kept investors on the sidelines with these hard-hit areas, and Utility and REIT stocks have been much slower in their recovery. However, a reopening of the economy is brightening the outlook for these higher-yielders, and below are several companies that show promise as they attempt to reverse their downtrends.

DAILY CHART OF AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC. (AVB):

AvalonBay Communities (AVB) is one of the largest residential landlords in the United States, with apartment communities focused on high-end properties. The company has boosted their dividend payout annually for nine years now and AVB is considered one of the best-managed REITs of its kind.

Earlier this week, management revealed a 95% rent recovery rate through May 31st which had analysts raising reduced estimates for this year. The news helped push the stock out of a 2-month base on volume, with the RSI and MACD in positive territory. This 3.6% yielder may run into resistance at its 200-day moving average, but, for now, it can be bought on any pullback.

DAILY CHART OF REGENCY REALTY CORP. (REG)

Next up is Regency Centers (REG), which operates shopping centers located in affluent and densely populated areas. As of May 31st, the company reported that 75% of their tenants were open, which reflects their focus on essential businesses such as high-quality grocers and restaurants.

The reopening of retail centers has investors excited about the prospects for a faster recovery than initially anticipated for Regency Centers. The stock is near-term extended following this week's rally, and a pullback to REG's 10-day moving average would be an ideal buy point for this 4.6% yielder.

DAILY CHART OF BOSTON PROPERTIES, INC. (BXP)

Last up is Boston Properties (BXP), which is the largest owner of office properties in the United States. In late May, the company announced a 97% rent collection rate for the month while also signing new leases totaling almost a million square feet. Their high collection rate signals the quality of their tenants, who are expected to weather the current pandemic.

BXP is on the cusp of a 2-month base breakout following today's gap up in price on volume. The stock had fallen 52% from its February peak in price, in a move that analysts feel was overdone given the high quality of the company. With the RSI and MACD in positive territory, this 3.8%-yielder is poised for further upside particularly.

REIT stocks aren't the only ones that have recently joined the market's recovery rally, as lagging Bank and Industrial stocks have also been doing well of late. Not all stocks in these areas are in bullish positions, however, and if you tune in to my MEM Edge show from today, you'll uncover 2 simple screens to help uncover potential candidates.

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Warmly,

Mary Ellen McGonagle,

MEM Investment Research

Mary Ellen McGonagle
About the author: is a professional investing consultant and the president of MEM Investment Research. After eight years of working on Wall Street, Ms. McGonagle left to become a skilled stock analyst, working with William O’Neill in identifying healthy stocks with potential to take off. She has worked with clients that span the globe, including big names like Fidelity Asset Management, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Oppenheimer. Learn More
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