The real estate industry closed the day down 0.6%. China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN), NTS Realty Holdings Limited Partnership ( NLP), China Real Estate Information Corporation ( CRIC), and American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL) were all winners today within the real estate industry with Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc ( ARE) being today's featured real estate winner. Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc rose 92 cents (1.5%) to $61.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 758,234 shares of Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 593,900 shares.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, development, acquisition, and redevelopment of properties for the life sciences industry. Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, below the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 19.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alexandria Real Estate Equities 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, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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, IFM Investments ( CTC), Eastern Light Capital Inc ( ELC), Pacific Office Properties Trust Inc ( PCE), and Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR) 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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