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American Tower Corp (AMT): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

American Tower ( AMT) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, American Tower fell 80 cents (-1.1%) to $75.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.45-$76.57 after having opened the day at $76.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.38. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 14.2%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 4.8%, American Capital Mortgage Investment ( MTGE), down 3.3%, and Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2%.

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American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $30.47 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 20%, New England Realty Associates ( NEN), up 7.3%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 5.8%, and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 5.7%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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