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CYS Investments



) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, CYS Investments rose 53 cents (4.1%) to $13.53 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of CYS Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.12-$13.54 after having opened the day at $13.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Altisource Portfolio Solutions



), up 13.3%,

Maui Land & Pineapple Company



), up 10.6%,

Walter Investment Management



), up 6.5%, and

Homex Development



), up 6%.

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No company description available. CYS Investments has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 3.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate CYS Investments a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CYS Investments as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the negative front,

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings



), down 9.6%,

Supertel Hospitality



), down 5.3%,

Roberts Realty Investors



), down 4.7%, and

Elbit Imaging



), down 4.2%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with




) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate



) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund




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