The real estate industry closed the day down 0.5%. Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR), Vestin Realty Mortgage I Inc ( VRTA), Forest City Enterprises Inc ( FCE.A), and Forest City Enterprises Inc ( FCE.B) were all winners today within the real estate industry with HCP Inc ( HCP) being today's featured real estate winner. HCP Inc rose 23 cents (0.7%) to $35.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of HCP Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP Inc has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.7, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 28.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc ( IMH), China Real Estate Information Corporation ( CRIC), RLJ Lodging ( RLJ), and CoreSite Realty ( COR) 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).