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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Two Harbors Investment rose $0.12 (1.0%) to $11.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,029,133 shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,539,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.61-$11.80 after having opened the day at $11.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.68. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Transcontinental Realty Investors



), up 4.7%,

Brookfield Office Properties Canada



), up 4.7%,

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings



), up 3.0% and

PennyMac Mortgage Investment



), up 2.9%.

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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, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Homex Development



), down 26.2%,

Doral Financial



), down 4.8%,

Marlin Business Services



), down 4.6% and

E-House China Holdings



), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Equity Residential



) 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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