Camden Property Trust (CPT): Today's Featured Real Estate Loser

Camden Property ( CPT) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Camden Property fell 48 cents (-0.7%) to $67.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 749,833 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 612,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.74-$67.87 after having opened the day at $67.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.58. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 7.9%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 5.9%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 5%, and HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), down 3.8%.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $5.38 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 75.3, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 41.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Camden Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 8.6%, SYSWIN ( SYSW), up 6.7%, Homex Development ( HXM), up 6.3%, and Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Express ( AXP) 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).

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