The real estate industry closed the day down 2.4%. American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL), J.W. Mays Inc ( MAYS), Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc ( IMH), and Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR) were all winners today within the real estate industry with Texas Pacific Land ( TPL) being today's featured real estate winner. Texas Pacific Land rose 62 cents (1.6%) to $38.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,089 shares of Texas Pacific Land exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,800 shares.

Texas Pacific Land Trust engages in the sale, lease, and management of land in the United States. It also retains oil and gas royalties, and involves in temporary cash investments. The company leases land to the ranching industry for grazing purposes. Texas Pacific Land has a market cap of $337.5 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Pacific 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, IFM Investments ( CTC), China Real Estate Information Corporation ( CRIC), Forestar Group Inc ( FOR), and Cedar Shopping Centers Inc ( CDR) 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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