Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation ( ANH) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation rose 4 cents (0.6%) to $6.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.45-$6.55 after having opened the day at $6.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.49. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 4.8%, Arbor Realty ( ABR), up 3.9%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), up 3.8%, and InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 3.3%.

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation has a market cap of $858.7 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of seven, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 14.7%, Stag Industrial ( STAG), down 10.8%, Grubb & Ellis Company ( GBE), down 9.1%, and Doral Financial ( DRL), down 7.9%, were all losers within the real estate industry with Equity Residential ( EQR) being today's real estate industry loser.

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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