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Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Simon Property Group rose $2.08 (1.2%) to $178.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,538,758 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,225,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $175.78-$178.10 after having opened the day at $175.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $175.99. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), up 16.6%,

Capital

(

CT

), up 7.6%,

Sprott Resource Lending

(

SILU

), up 5.3% and

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

), up 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 $54.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Institutional Financial Markets

(

IFMI

), down 6.3%,

AmREIT

(

AMRE

), down 4.5%,

New York Mortgage

(

NYMT

), down 3.5% and

Amrep Corporation

(

AXR

), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Plum Creek Timber

(

PCL

) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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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