Brandywine Realty

(

BDN

) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Brandywine Realty rose 6 cents (0.7%) to $8.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Brandywine Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.79-$8.99 after having opened the day at $8.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.81. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

China Housing & Land Development

(

CHLN

), up 7.1%,

Roberts Realty Investors

(

RPI

), up 7.1%,

IFM Investments

(

CTC

), up 5.2%, and

E-House China Holdings

(

EJ

), up 2.4%.

Brandywine Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the engaged in the ownership, management, leasing, acquisition, and development of office and industrial properties. It primarily manages Class-A, suburban and urban office portfolio. Brandywine Realty has a market cap of $1.16 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. Shares are down 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Brandywine Realty a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brandywine Realty as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Grubb & Ellis Company

(

GBE

), down 15.2%,

Transcontinental Realty

(

TCI

), down 11.9%,

American Realty Investors

(

ARL

), down 10.3%, and

Eastern Light Capital

(

ELC

), down 10.3%, were all losers within the real estate industry with

HCP

(

HCP

) being today's real estate industry loser.

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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