The real estate industry closed the day down 1.4%. American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL), Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc ( UBP), Maui Land & Pineapple Company Inc ( MLP), and IFM Investments ( CTC) were all winners today within the real estate industry with Ventas Inc ( VTR) being today's featured real estate winner. Ventas Inc rose 40 cents (0.8%) to $51.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Ventas Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas Inc has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.3, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 38.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, NTS Realty Holdings Limited Partnership ( NLP), Intergroup Corporation ( INTG), China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN), and CBRE Group Inc ( CBG) 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).