Analysts Anticipate REZ To Hit $75

Looking at the underlying holdings of the ETFs in our coverage universe at ETF Channel, we have compared the trading price of each holding against the average analyst 12-month forward target price, and computed the weighted average implied analyst target price for the ETF itself. For the iShares Residential Real Estate ETF (Symbol: REZ), we found that the implied analyst target price for the ETF based upon its underlying holdings is $75.35 per unit.

With REZ trading at a recent price near $50.21 per unit, that means that analysts see 50.07% upside for this ETF looking through to the average analyst targets of the underlying holdings. Three of REZ's underlying holdings with notable upside to their analyst target prices are Ventas Inc (Symbol: VTR), Welltower Inc (Symbol: WELL), and Essex Property Trust Inc (Symbol: ESS). Although VTR has traded at a recent price of $23.01/share, the average analyst target is 135.12% higher at $54.10/share. Similarly, WELL has 84.03% upside from the recent share price of $38.79 if the average analyst target price of $71.38/share is reached, and analysts on average are expecting ESS to reach a target price of $314.33/share, which is 61.64% above the recent price of $194.47. Below is a twelve month price history chart comparing the stock performance of VTR, WELL, and ESS:

VTR, WELL, and ESS Relative Performance Chart

Combined, VTR, WELL, and ESS represent 14.50% of the iShares Residential Real Estate ETF. Below is a summary table of the current analyst target prices discussed above:

Name Symbol Recent Price Avg. Analyst 12-Mo. Target % Upside to Target
iShares Residential Real Estate ETF REZ $50.21 $75.35 50.07%
Ventas Inc VTR $23.01 $54.10 135.12%
Welltower Inc WELL $38.79 $71.38 84.03%
Essex Property Trust Inc ESS $194.47 $314.33 61.64%

Are analysts justified in these targets, or overly optimistic about where these stocks will be trading 12 months from now? Do the analysts have a valid justification for their targets, or are they behind the curve on recent company and industry developments? A high price target relative to a stock's trading price can reflect optimism about the future, but can also be a precursor to target price downgrades if the targets were a relic of the past. These are questions that require further investor research.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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