General Growth Properties Inc (GGP): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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General Growth Properties ( GGP) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, General Growth Properties rose 32 cents (1.6%) to $19.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.37-$19.74 after having opened the day at $19.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.36. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 28.1%, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 20.7%, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), up 15.6%, and Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), up 15.4%.
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General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.31 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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