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American Realty Capital Properties Inc (ARCP): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, American Realty Capital Properties fell $0.20 (-1.6%) to $12.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,700,237 shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,463,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.37-$12.59 after having opened the day at $12.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.59. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Doral Financial ( DRL), down 6.2%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 5.7%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 5.0% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 3.2%.

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front, Optibase ( OBAS), up 9.3%, Rait Financial ( RAS), up 8.0%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 7.5% and American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 4.5% , 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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