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SL Green Realty Corporation (SLG): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, SL Green Realty Corporation fell $0.87 (-1.0%) to $86.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 728,247 shares of SL Green Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 807,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $86.10-$88.24 after having opened the day at $87.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.39. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 12.5%, Power REIT ( PW), down 4.7%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 4.6% and Homex Development ( HXM), down 4.4%.

SL Green Realty Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm engages in the property management, acquisitions, financing, development, construction, and leasing. It also provides tenant services to its clients. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. SL Green Realty Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate SL Green Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SL Green Realty Corporation as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 19.4%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 14.7%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 7.6% and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 7.1% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with HCP ( HCP) 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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