HCP

(

HCP

) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, HCP fell 32 cents (-0.8%) to $40.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.86-$41.50 after having opened the day at $41.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.30. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

Vestin Realty Mortgage I

(

VRTA

), down 12%,

SYSWIN

(

SYSW

), down 7.3%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II

(

VRTB

), down 6.1%, and

New York Mortgage

(

NYMT

), down 4%.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.12 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 26.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate HCP a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a

buy

. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Maui Land & Pineapple Company

(

MLP

), up 11.8%,

Power REIT

(

PW

), up 7.7%,

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings

(

NSM

), up 7.2%, and

Stratus Properties

(

STRS

), up 7%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

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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