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CIT Group



) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, CIT Group fell 77 cents (-2.1%) to $36.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of CIT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.20-$36.95 after having opened the day at $36.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.20. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

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%.

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CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing, leasing products, and other services to small and middle market businesses. CIT Group has a market cap of $7.32 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate CIT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CIT Group as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Impac Mortgage Holdings



), up 15.3%,

Elbit Imaging



), up 12%,

Alto Palermo



), up 11.3%, and

China Housing & Land Development



), up 7.7%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with

CBRE Group



) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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