ACC stock: buy or sell?

ACC stock price: $27.75 -5.64% At close on March 31st, 2020

Updated on:
March 31st, 2020

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Shares of American Campus Communities ended today at $27.75 and collapsed a dreadful -5.64%. On Thursday ACC rocketed a super good 5.16%.

Should I buy ACC stock?

Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best moment to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, American Campus Communities stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean ACC will fall in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is American Campus Communities stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for ACC stock for the last month.

ACC stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of American Campus Communities collapsed a dreadful -5.64% and closed at $27.75.

American Campus Communities collapsed a dreadful -5.64% and closed at $27.75. Since last Feb 27th when ACC stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-20.11 per share (-42.02%).

ACC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting a super good 23.53% in a week last week, American Campus Communities closed this week at $27.75 and collapsed a spooky -8.05%.

Since late February, when ACC stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-20.74 per share (-42.77%). Stocks under the 40w moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders. Far behind is the all-time high American Campus Communities recorded late October 2019 and since then the price is -44.43% below that top.

ACC stock chart (weekly)

ACC stock price history

ACC IPO was on August 16th, 2004 at $8.92 per share1. Since then, ACC stock surged a 211.10%, with a yearly average of 14.10%. If you had invested $1,000 in ACC stock in 2004, it would worth $2,111.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

ACC stock historical price chart

ACC stock reached all-time highs on October with a price of $49.94.

ACC stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we have not found any price target for American Campus Communities stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

, American Campus Communities matched the estimates of the analysts and posted an EPS of $0.72 per share. As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will update this review.
ACC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a0.05n/a
2017-Q32017-10-230.060.03-50.0%
2017-Q42018-02-200.710.721.4%
2018-Q12018-04-230.630.62-1.6%
2018-Q22018-07-230.530.52-1.9%
2018-Q32018-10-220.430.442.3%
2018-Q42019-02-190.730.72-1.4%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2018, American Campus Communities annual turnover rocketed an impressive 10.59% to $880.81 million USD from $796.45 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, instead, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) raised a 4.63% to 13.29%.

ACC annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$657 M-$45 M6.8%-
2014$734 M11.63%$64 M8.7%42.72%
2015$753 M2.65%$117 M15.6%84.23%
2016$786 M4.38%$100 M12.7%-14.71%
2017$796 M1.28%$69 M8.7%-31.08%
2018$881 M10.59%$117 M13.3%69.61%

Quarterly financial results

American Campus Communities reported $245.87 million in sales for 2018-Q4, a 15.18% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $47.50 M with a profit margin of 19.32%. Profit margin skyrocketed a 20.42% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was -1.10%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, American Campus Communities sales marked a shining increase and escalated a 8.05%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, American Campus Communities posted 2 negative quarters in a row.
ACC quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$179 M-$-3 M-1.8%-
2017-Q3$197 M10.02%$-2 M-0.8%-46.98%
2017-Q4$228 M15.55%$39 M17.2%-2,439.04%
2018-Q1$220 M-3.14%$26 M11.8%-33.63%
2018-Q2$201 M-8.78%$46 M22.9%77.46%
2018-Q3$213 M6.17%$-2 M-1.1%-105.10%
2018-Q4$246 M15.18%$48 M19.3%-2,125.76%
2019-Q1$242 M-1.52%$30 M12.2%-37.61%

American Campus Communities ownership

When you are planning to buy a company, it's always worth to review its ownership structure.

American Campus Communities shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.74% of all shares.

Bearish positions for ACC stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

ACC
Market cap$3.8 B
Total shares137.6 M
Float shares136.7 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)98.7%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.7%
Shares in short selling0.0%

ACC summary

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Open$29.29
Close$27.75
Day range$26.93 - $29.50
Previous close$29.41
Session gain-5.64%
Average true range$4.37
50d mov avg$40.76
100d mov avg$43.50
200d mov avg$45.03
Daily patternlt03a
Weekly pattern

American Campus Communities performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We chose as the bechmarking frame for American Campus Communities stock.
Stock3m6m12m
ACCAmerican Campus C...-39.58%-42.05%-40.13%

American Campus Communities competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as American Campus Communities competitor. This doesn't mean American Campus Communities does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.