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General Growth Properties



) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, General Growth Properties fell $0.28 (-1.4%) to $20.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,613,051 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,398,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.99-$20.40 after having opened the day at $20.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.45. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

China HGS Real Estate



), down 13.2%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage I



), down 9.3%,

Impac Mortgage Holdings



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), down 6.1% and

Doral Financial



), down 5.4%.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 135.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

General Growth Properties

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the positive front,

Gaming and Leisure Properties



), up 8.0%,

InnSuites Hospitality



), up 6.8%,

Forestar Group



), up 4.7% and

LGI Homes



), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Two Harbors Investment



) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

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