The real estate industry closed the day up 0.4%. Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railroad ( PW), Doral Financial ( DRL), American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL), and China Real Estate Information Corporation ( CRIC) were all decliners today within the real estate industry with Weyerhaeuser ( WY) being today's featured real estate loser. Weyerhaeuser fell 15 cents (-0.9%) to $16.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.1 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest product company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. The company manages 20.5 million acres of forests. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of four, below 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 11% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR), Intergroup Corporation ( INTG), Kite Realty Group ( KRG), and Cedar Shopping Centers Inc ( CDR) 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).
null