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Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH): Today's Highlighted Performer In Real Estate

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.

Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Senior Housing Properties rose 33 cents (1.2%) to $27.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Senior Housing Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.17-$27.94 after having opened the day at $27.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.37. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 33.3%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), up 8%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 7.7%, and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 3.6%.

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Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $5.12 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Senior Housing Properties a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 13.7%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 4.2%, Starwood Property ( STWD), down 3.8%, and Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 3.4%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with Vornado Realty ( VNO) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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