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Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Simon Property Group fell $1.87 (-1.1%) to $170.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,317,164 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,251,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $169.97-$173.13 after having opened the day at $172.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.87. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

CKX Lands

(

CKX

), down 8.0%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II

(

VRTB

), down 5.5%,

Transcontinental Realty Investors

(

TCI

), down 4.7% and

Chambers Street Properties

(

CSG

), down 4.5%.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $54.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Simon Property Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 13.7%,

Homex Development

(

HXM

), down 9.6%,

Walter Investment Management

(

WAC

), down 5.3% and

ZipRealty

(

ZIPR

), down 5.0% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings

(

NSM

) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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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