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Equity Residential (EQR): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

Equity Residential ( EQR) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.1%. By the end of trading, Equity Residential rose $1.17 (2.0%) to $59.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,927,317 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,416,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.46-$59.28 after having opened the day at $58.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.91. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 18.3%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 9.2%, Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), up 8.2% and Stratus Properties ( STRS), up 8.1%.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 7.4%, Trade Street Residential ( TSRE), down 3.8%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 3.0% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 2.9%.

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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