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Two Harbors Investment



) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Two Harbors Investment rose 15 cents (1.3%) to $11.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.7 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.71-$11.94 after having opened the day at $11.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.76. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Vestin Realty Mortgage I



), up 10.2%,

China Housing & Land Development



), up 4.9%,

Maui Land & Pineapple Company



), up 4.8%, and

Elbit Imaging



), up 4.2%.

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Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, residential real properties, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.29 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, below the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 9.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a


. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Bluegreen Corporation



), down 11.7%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), down 8.2%,

Marlin Business Services



), down 6.5%, and

Amrep Corporation



), down 6.4%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with

General Growth Properties



) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate



) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund




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