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American Realty Capital Properties



) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, American Realty Capital Properties rose $0.14 (1.0%) to $13.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,437,822 shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,562,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.80-$14.10 after having opened the day at $13.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.80. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

American Spectrum Realty



), up 12.0%,

LGI Homes



), up 5.2%,

St. Joe Corporation



), up 3.8% and

iStar Financial



), up 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 $10.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Doral Financial



), down 5.7%,

Impac Mortgage Holdings



), down 5.6%,

RE/MAX Holdings Inc Class A



), down 4.3% and

HMG/Courtland Properties



), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

CoStar Group



) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

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