The real estate industry closed the day up 1.8%. China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN), Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR), InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), and Sprott Resource Lending ( SILU) were all decliners today within the real estate industry with E-House China Holdings ( EJ) being today's featured real estate loser. E-House China Holdings fell 10 cents (-1.5%) to $6.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 168,329 shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 467,700 shares.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $572.6 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.9, below the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 50.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 54.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railroad ( PW), Thomas Properties Group Inc ( TPGI), FelCor Lodging Trust Inc ( FCH), and Intergroup Corporation ( INTG) 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).