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CBRE Group

(

CBG

) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, CBRE Group rose $0.62 (2.7%) to $23.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,781,912 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,906,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.80-$23.54 after having opened the day at $22.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.78. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Walker & Dunlop

(

WD

), up 13.2%,

China Housing & Land Development

(

CHLN

), up 7.1%,

American Realty Investors

(

ARL

), up 5.9% and

Alto Palermo

(

APSA

), up 5.8%.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 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

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Institutional Financial Markets

(

IFMI

), down 11.3%,

IFM Investments

(

CTC

), down 8.7%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II

(

VRTB

), down 6.2% and

Agree Realty Corporation

(

ADC

), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Ventas

(

VTR

) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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