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

Health Care REIT ( HCN) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT fell $0.84 (-1.3%) to $65.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,049,821 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,461,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.25-$66.50 after having opened the day at $66.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.06. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation ( ANH), down 11.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 10.2%, Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT ( EARN), down 8.8% and ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR), down 8.2%.

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 $19.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 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 positive front, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 17.7%, New Residential Investment ( NRZ), up 5.0%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 4.6% and Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 4.2% , 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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