Healthcare Realty ( HR) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.3%. By the end of trading, Healthcare Realty rose 12 cents (0.6%) to $22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Healthcare Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 663,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.41-$22.08 after having opened the day at $21.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.88. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 5.6%, Sprott Resource Lending Corp Class A ( SILU), up 4.4%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 2.2%, and NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), up 1.5%. Acquires existing healthcare facilities, provides property management, leasing and build-to-suit development services, and owns a portfolio of healthcare properties in the U.S. At Dec. 31, 2005, had investments of apx. $1.8 billion in 234 income-producing real estate properties and mortgages. Healthcare Realty has a market cap of $1.69 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 310, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 180.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Healthcare Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Healthcare Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.
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