American Tower Corp (AMT): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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American Tower ( AMT) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, American Tower rose $0.88 (1.1%) to $81.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,564,278 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,381,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.79-$82.43 after having opened the day at $81.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.02. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 7.2%, Homex Development ( HXM), up 6.2%, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), up 5.2% and Sprott Resource Lending ( SILU), up 4.9%.
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American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $32.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 5.4%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 3.3%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 3.0% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 2.3%.

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