The real estate industry closed the day up 3.9%. American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL), Roberts Realty Investors Inc ( RPI), Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc ( IMH), and Vestin Realty Mortgage I Inc ( VRTA) were all decliners today within the real estate industry with Thomas Properties Group Inc ( TPGI) being today's featured real estate loser. Thomas Properties Group Inc fell 5 cents (-2.4%) to $2.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 86,985 shares of Thomas Properties Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 168,600 shares.

Thomas Properties Group, Inc. owns, acquires, develops, leases, and manages primarily office, as well as mixed-use and residential properties in the United States. Thomas Properties Group Inc has a market cap of $77.9 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 46.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Thomas Properties Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally weak debt management and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, IFM Investments ( CTC), Caplease Inc ( LSE), Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc ( SHO), and Campus Crest Communities Inc ( CCG) were all gainers within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management Inc ( NLY) 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).