Two Harbors Investment Corp (TWO): Today's Featured Real Estate Leader

Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate leader. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Two Harbors Investment rose 38 cents (3.5%) to $11.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11.3 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.87-$11.22 after having opened the day at $10.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.83. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 6.5%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 4.9%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 4%, and iStar Financial ( SFI), up 3.5%.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, residential real properties, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $2.35 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), down 9.2%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 6.3%, Maui Land & Pineapple Company ( MLP), down 5.5%, and Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), down 5.1%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with Equity Residential ( EQR) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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).