The real estate industry closed the day down 1.7%. China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN), Eastern Light Capital Inc ( ELC), Walker & Dunlop Inc ( WD), and IFM Investments ( CTC) were all winners today within the real estate industry with Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) being today's featured real estate winner. Altisource Portfolio Solutions rose 23 cents (0.7%) to $35.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 51,354 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 73,800 shares.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. provides services related to real estate and mortgage portfolio management, asset recovery, and customer relationship management primarily in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $864.4 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc ( JLL), Strategic Hotel & Resorts Inc ( BEE), Pennsylvania REIT ( PEI), and iStar Financial Inc ( SFI) were all losers within the real estate industry with Equity Residential ( EQR) being today's real estate industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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