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E-House China Holdings



) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, E-House China Holdings rose $0.88 (6.8%) to $13.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,856,293 shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,258,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.88-$14.19 after having opened the day at $12.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.92. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Impac Mortgage Holdings



), up 18.0%,

China HGS Real Estate



), up 12.5%,

Gaming and Leisure Properties



), up 9.9% and




), up 6.9%.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 220.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate E-House China Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China Holdings as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front,

Supertel Hospitality



), down 30.0%,

Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR



), down 6.5%,

Chatham Lodging



), down 5.0% and

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Host Hotels & Resorts



) 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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