Newcastle Investment Corporation

(

NCT

) 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, Newcastle Investment Corporation fell $0.06 (-1.1%) to $5.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,367,135 shares of Newcastle Investment Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,511,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.52-$5.69 after having opened the day at $5.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.62. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

InnSuites Hospitality

(

IHT

), down 6.7%,

Stratus Properties

(

STRS

), down 6.1%,

Monroe Capital

(

MRCC

), down 5.7% and

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 4.7%.

Newcastle Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment and finance company in the United States. Newcastle Investment Corporation has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Newcastle Investment Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Newcastle Investment Corporation

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Altis Resident

(

RESI

), up 17.3%,

Doral Financial

(

DRL

), up 10.4%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage I

(

VRTA

), up 5.8% and

Zillow

(

Z

), up 3.8% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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