AvalonBay Communities Inc

(

AVB

) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, AvalonBay Communities Inc fell 61 cents (-0.5%) to $118.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 493,057 shares of AvalonBay Communities Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $117.97-$120.35 after having opened the day at $119.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.42. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

IFM Investments

(

CTC

), down 26%,

Rait Financial

(

RAS

), down 7.1%,

Doral Financial

(

DRL

), down 6.9%, and

Elbit Imaging

(

EMITF

), down 6.7%.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities Inc has a market cap of $11.23 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 77.2, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 72 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front,

Vestin Realty Mortgage I Inc

(

VRTA

), up 14.3%,

Sprott Resource Lending

(

SILU

), up 11.9%,

SYSWIN Inc

(

SYSW

), up 6.2%, and

Tree.com Inc

(

TREE

), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Public Storage

(

PSA

) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

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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