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CBRE Group



) 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, CBRE Group rose 29 cents (1.6%) to $18.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.68-$18.28 after having opened the day at $17.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.87. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Impac Mortgage Holdings



), up 15.3%,

Elbit Imaging



), up 12%,

Alto Palermo



), up 11.3%, and

China Housing & Land Development



), up 7.7%.

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CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services company worldwide. CBRE Group has a market cap of $5.82 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front,

American Spectrum Realty



), down 4.5%,

E-House China Holdings



), down 3.9%,

Thomas Properties Group



), down 3.6%, and

Select Income REIT



), down 3.5%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with

CIT Group



) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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