Liberty Property Trust (LRY): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

Liberty Property ( LRY) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Liberty Property rose 25 cents (0.7%) to $36.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 729,172 shares of Liberty Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 959,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.86-$36.54 after having opened the day at $36.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.23. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 9.4%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 7.5%, MHI Hospitality Corporation ( MDH), up 5.3%, and Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 4.2%.

Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. Liberty Property has a market cap of $4.22 billion and is part of the financial sector. Currently there are four analysts that rate Liberty Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.9%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 10.4%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.1%, and Preferred Apartment Communities ( APTS), down 4.3%, were all losers within the real estate industry with Weyerhaeuser ( WY) 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).