For the next year, sell-side research firms are expecting EPS growth of 212.50% for Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE). Analysts are predicting an EPS change of 26.60% for the current year. Tracking firm’s EPS may help to evaulate company stock value. Sell-side analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have a current recommendation of 2.90 on a consensus basis for the stock. On a number scale from 1 to 5, a 5 would represent a Strong Sell recommendation. A 1 rating would signify a Strong Buy. The same research analysts see shares reaching $29.00 within the next year on a consensus basis.Traders may already have a favorite method for applying technical analysis. Active traders are typically concerned with shorter-term price movements when trading shares. Entry and exit points tend to be way more important for traders who are looking to capitalize on stock market trends. Some traders may opt to only use technical analysis when picking stocks, while others will also incorporate company fundamentals when doing research. Of course, there is no one foolproof method for trading the markets. Many technical investors will still opt to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals before diving deeper into the technical signals. Longer-term investors might not be as concerned with day to day price fluctuations while short-term traders may not want to miss out on any significant price swings. Whatever trading strategy is applied, investors may still want to try to get a sense of the overall picture before making the trade.

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE)’s stock was 16.57%.  Over the last week of the month, it was -0.59%, -4.56% over the last quarter, and  -0.70% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust stock’s -9.52% off of the high and 3.04% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -15.82% (High), 19.00%, (Low). 

FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS

Fundamental analysis examines the financial elements of a company, for example; sales, cash flow, profit and balance sheet.  These numbers are then crunched to create theoretical valuations of companies. 

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the earnings made by a company divided by their number of shares.  EPS enables the earnings of a company to easily be compared to their competitors. The higher the number, the more profit per dollar is being made on investor capital.  Washington Real Estate Investment Trust’s EPS for the trailing 12 months is 0.22.  Their EPS should be compared to other companies in the Financial sector.

Price-to-Earnings Ratio is the current share price divided by annual earnings per share.  P/E provides a number that details how many years of earnings it will take a stock to recoup the value of one share at current price levels.  Easy to calculate and understand, P/E is an extremely common ratio that is used to compare valuations of stocks against each other relatively.  Washington Real Estate Investment Trust’s  P/E ratio is 121.31. 

Technical analysts have little regard for the value of a company. They use historic price data to observe stock price patterns to predict the direction of that price going forward.  Analysts use common formulas and ratios to accomplish this.

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 42.02.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

Technical investors generally rely heavily on price charts to help spot potential trades. Chartists will often try to interpret past movements with the goal of trying to gauge the future share price movements. Some charts can be extremely complex while others may be quite simple. Many traders will spend countless hours studying the signals to try to spot optimal entry and exit points. There are many different indicators that technical analysts can follow. Some traders will use standalone signals, and others will use a robust combination. Getting into the nitty-gritty of charting can be overwhelming for the beginner. Taking the time to completely understand what the charts are saying can be the difference between a big win and a major loss.