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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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Simon Property Group rose $1.89 (1.2%) to $154.84 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,455,134 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,386,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $152.30-$155.99 after having opened the day at $152.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.95. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

), up 9.3%,

Impac Mortgage Holdings

(

IMH

), up 8.1%,

Texas Pacific Land

(

TPL

), up 4.7% and

Alto Palermo

(

APSA

), up 4.2%.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $46.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Gaming and Leisure Properties

(

GLPI

), down 24.0%,

Doral Financial

(

DRL

), down 6.8%,

Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR

(

HXM

), down 3.8% and

ZipRealty

(

ZIPR

), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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