Is Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (NYSE:MNR) a Stock To Hold For The Long Haul?

Shaers of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (NYSE:MNR) have been recommended as a long term growth pick.  With the firm’s stock price currently trading around $13.76, the firm has proven a solid track record of growth over the recent years.  Investors might consider the stock as a long term growth candidate as the firm has yielded 6.20% earnings per share growth over the past 5 years and 20.30% revenue growth over that same time frame. 

Dedicated investors are usually on the lookout for promising stocks that have been overlooked by the investment community. They may be searching for companies that have slipped under the radar and are primed for a move higher. Some investors may do the research and locate these stocks that are infrequently in the financial news headlines and are relatively unknown by the average investor. These stocks may be smaller cap, trading on a foreign exchange, or stocks that used to be prominent that have not been part of the conversation recently. Finding these stocks may take some extra research and effort. Investors who are able to do enough digging may be able to find some great names to help support the stock portfolio.

Long-term growth (LTG) is an investing strategy where a stock will (hopefully) grow in value for a relatively long period of time.  Long-term growth should be considered to be a relative term, due to different styles and goals of investors, but the endgame is the same. 

A “buy-and-hold” investor will consider long-term growth as a longer time period then a day trader will. The buy-and-hold strategy looks ahead farther into the future, giving short-term price swings less consideration as long as the fundamentals stay the same.  A trader is looking more closely at a weekly, or shorter, time frame and is more interested in immediate price fluctuations.

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (NYSE:MNR)’s stock was -22.70%.  Over the last week of the month, it was -0.22%, -19.95% over the last quarter, and  -10.59% for the past six months. 

Over the past 50 days, Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation’s stock is -15.89% off of the high and 2.23% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are as follows: -24.69% (High), 2.23%, (Low). 

Despite the past success, investors want to know where the stock is headed from here.  Analysts covering the shares have a consensus short-term price target of $18.42 on the equity.   Analysts have a consensus recommendation of 1.70 based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.  

Many individual investors who trade stocks are looking for the next big breakout. It can be much more exciting to be able to tell glamorous stories of picking a winning stock before everybody else was aware. Of course, this is no easy task. There are so many stocks to choose from, and hunting for undervalued stocks may take lots of time that many investors do not have. Other investors will strictly trade the big established names with the hope that consistent growth will provide stable returns to the portfolio. Understanding risks involved with picking stocks can help the investor figure out what is best for them individually. It is typically considered wise to make sure that there is proper diversification in the stock portfolio. Finding that balance to achieve long lasting portfolio health is generally what most investors attempt to accomplish when trading equities.

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