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Health Care REIT Inc. (HCN): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

Health Care REIT (HCN) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT rose $1.10 (1.7%) to $65.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,813,721 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,406,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $64.81-$65.63 after having opened the day at $64.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.39. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I (VRTA), up 20.2%, American Spectrum Realty (AQQ), up 10.8%, American Realty Investors (ARL), up 10.3% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II (VRTB), up 9.9%.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 86.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Amrep Corporation (AXR), down 10.3%, Arbor Realty (ABR), down 4.9%, Supertel Hospitality (SPPR), down 4.2% and Sprott Resource Lending (SILU), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with CommonWealth REIT (CWH) 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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