The real estate industry closed the day up 2.5%. American Realty Capital Properties Inc ( ARCP), NTS Realty Holdings Limited Partnership ( NLP), MHI Hospitality Corporation ( MDH), and IFM Investments ( CTC) were all decliners today within the real estate industry with St. Joe Corporation ( JOE) being today's featured real estate loser. St. Joe Corporation fell 11 cents (-0.7%) to $14.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 980,355 shares of St. Joe Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 568,800 shares.

The St. Joe Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate development company in Florida. The company operates in four segments: Residential Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Rural Land Sales, and Forestry. St. Joe Corporation has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 32.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates St. Joe as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), E-House China Holdings ( EJ), Maui Land & Pineapple Company Inc ( MLP), and CBRE Group Inc ( CBG) 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).