CYS Investments Inc (CYS): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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CYS Investments ( CYS) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, CYS Investments fell 17 cents (-1.2%) to $14.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of CYS Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.18-$14.45 after having opened the day at $14.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.43. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: IFM Investments ( CTC), down 9.7%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 7.8%, FirstCity Financial Corporation ( FCFC), down 6.9%, and Arbor Realty ( ABR), down 4.1%.
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No company description available. CYS Investments has a market cap of $2.45 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 4.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate CYS Investments a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CYS Investments as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the positive front, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 6.5%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 6%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 5.3%, and Urstadt Biddle Properties ( UBP), up 5.3%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with CIT Group ( CIT) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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