The real estate industry closed the day up 2%. Vestin Realty Mortgage I Inc ( VRTA), IFM Investments ( CTC), American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL), and China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN) were all decliners today within the real estate industry with Institutional Financial Markets Inc ( IFMI) being today's featured real estate loser. Institutional Financial Markets Inc fell one cent (-0.5%) to $1.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,200 shares of Institutional Financial Markets Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,700 shares.

Institutional Financial Markets, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals and institutions. It manages separate client-focused fixed income portfolios. The firm also manages funds and collateralized debt obligations for its clients. Institutional Financial Markets Inc has a market cap of $26.8 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Institutional Financial Markets as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Cedar Shopping Centers Inc ( CDR), MPG Office Trust Inc ( MPG), Grubb & Ellis Company ( GBE), and Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT) were all gainers within the real estate industry with Simon Property Group Inc ( SPG) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

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).