Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT) (NYSE:CCI) has made the gainer list looking back over the past full-year. During that time period, shares have seen a bump of2.63%. Many investors will be watching to see if shares will continue to trend higher over the next 52-weeks.

Individual investors might be digging a little deeper into the playbook in order to create a winning plan for the remainder of the calendar year. The diligent investor typically has a portfolio that is diversified and ready to encounter any unforeseen market action. Even after creating the well-planned portfolio with expected returns, nobody can be absolutely sure that those returns will be seen. Setting realistic expectations can help the investor from becoming discouraged if the original plan runs into a bit of a snag. Of course every investor would like to enter the stock market and see sizeable profits right off the bat. This may only be wishful thinking for investors who aren’t ready to put in the time and energy to make sure the overall strategy stays on track and the portfolio stays properly managed.

Taking a look at some other historical performance numbers, we can see that Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT) (NYSE:CCI) shares have seen a change of -2.01% over the past week. For the previous month, the stock has changed -7.85%. For the last quarter, the stock has performed 1.08%. If we look back year-to-date, the stock has moved -2.03%. With the stock market still cruising along, investors may be wondering how to trade the market into the next few quarters. If market momentum starts to shift hard one way or the other, investors may need to adjust to accommodate the landscape. Being prepared for any market situation can help the investor deal with the turbulence when it arrives.

Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT) (NYSE:CCI) currently has a beta of 0.41. A beta of 1 indicates that the stock price moves along with the market. A beta below 1 indicates that the stock is less volatile than the market in theory. A beta value over one would indicate the opposite. Individual investors have the tendency to flock towards certain stock strategies that have worked previously. While following previous strategies may be profitable, investors have to be ready when the markets turn. Most investors will be overjoyed when stocks in the portfolio are riding a hot streak. On the flip side, investors may become highly anxious when they experience a prolonged losing streak. Sometimes, previously successful strategies run their course and they no longer work. Investors might be better suited to deal with adversity by being able to make the necessary adjustments when the time comes.

Monitoring some Street analyst projections on shares of Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT), we note that the current consensus price target is $117.54. Analysts generally work very hard to provide their best estimates of where they believe a stock is going. Analysts may employ various methods to calculate price targets, and investors often closely follow the consensus to get an overall feel of how Wall Street views the stock.

Investors may be trying to figure out how much risk they are able to handle with their current stock holdings. Taking on too much risk can put unnecessary weight on the shoulders of even the sturdiest investors. On the flip side, investors who play it too safe may be shaking their heads and wondering what might have been. Finding that delicate risk balance can turn out to be the difference between sinking and swimming in the equity markets. It is highly important for investors to understand exactly what risks they are taking when buying and selling stocks. Knowing these risks may help avoid disaster down the line. Once the risk is calculated, investors should have an easier go at narrowing in on finding the right stocks to add to the portfolio. 

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