CBRE Group Inc (CBG): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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CBRE Group ( CBG) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, CBRE Group rose $0.24 (1.1%) to $23.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,753,561 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,429,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.64-$23.27 after having opened the day at $22.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.81. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 17.5%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 13.8%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 7.5% and Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 5.2%.
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CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 13.4%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), down 8.5%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 5.9% and Homex Development ( HXM), down 5.1%.

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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