Are There Any Catalysts to Propel Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) Forward?

In the past few sessions, investors have started paying a little bit more attention to shares of Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O). In recent trading action, the stock had changed 0.04% settling in at $71.27.

One of the biggest downfalls of the individual investor is not being able to take losses when it becomes necessary. Of course nobody wants to take a loss, but the repercussions of not letting go of a losing stock can end up sealing the demise of the well-intentioned investor. Many professionals would probably agree that the pain of realizing a loss is more intense than the joy of picking a winner. Investors who become reluctant to sell losers may be delaying the inevitable and essentially suffocating the portfolio. Not addressing the losing side can have severe negative effects on the long-term health of the portfolio. Investors may have to find a way to face the music and sell when they realize that a trade has gone sour.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) shares have performed 2.58%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 8.59%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 22.19%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 13.10%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) have been seen trading -0.89% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 15.72% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -0.89% off the 52-week high and 46.05% away from the 52-week low.

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So, most importantly, where are shares headed from here? In order to get a sense of Wall Street sentiment, we can look to brokerage analyst estimates. On a one to five ratings scale where 1.0 indicates a Strong Buy, 2.0 indicates a Buy, 3.0 a Hold, 4.0 a Sell and 5.0 a Stong Sell. Realty Income Corporation currently has an average analyst recommendation of 2.60 according to analysts. This is the average number based on the total brokerage firms taken into consideration by Beta Systems Research. The same analysts have a future one-year price target of $67.22 on the shares.

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