Intergroup Corporation (INTG): Today's Featured Real Estate Loser

The real estate industry closed the day up 3%. ZipRealty Inc ( ZIPR), Vestin Realty Mortgage I Inc ( VRTA), Grubb & Ellis Company ( GBE), and Stratus Properties Inc ( STRS) were all decliners today within the real estate industry with Intergroup Corporation ( INTG) being today's featured real estate loser. Intergroup Corporation fell 31 cents (-1.4%) to $21.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,300 shares of Intergroup Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,100 shares.

The Intergroup Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of a hotel located in San Francisco, California. Its hotel comprises 544 rooms with 5,400 square feet of space for the operation of health and beauty spa. Intergroup Corporation has a market cap of $52 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 5.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intergroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, NTS Realty Holdings Limited Partnership ( NLP), Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR), Strategic Hotel & Resorts Inc ( BEE), and Doral Financial ( DRL) were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Express ( AXP) 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).

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