Starwood Property Trust Inc. (STWD): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Starwood Property ( STWD) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Starwood Property rose $0.61 (2.4%) to $25.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,894,818 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,404,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.24-$25.93 after having opened the day at $25.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.25. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 9.4%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 4.6%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 4.1% and Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 3.3%.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. engages in originating, investing in, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 11.4%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.0%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), down 5.5% and American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) 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).

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