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

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American Tower ( AMT) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, American Tower fell $0.81 (-1.1%) to $73.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,409,368 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,724,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.59-$74.80 after having opened the day at $74.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.75. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Hatteras Financial Corporation ( HTS), down 10.8%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 5.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 5.6% and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 4.9%.

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 $29.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 5.5%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 3.7%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 3.4% and Potlatch ( PCH), up 3.3%.

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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