CommonWealth REIT (CWH): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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CommonWealth REIT ( CWH) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, CommonWealth REIT fell $0.26 (-1.1%) to $22.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 369,130 shares of CommonWealth REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,555,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.74-$23.25 after having opened the day at $23.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.20. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 7.9%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 5.5%, Gladstone Land ( LAND), down 3.1% and Altis Resident ( RESI), down 3.0%.

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in office buildings, industrial buildings, and leased industrial land. CommonWealth REIT has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 49.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CommonWealth REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CommonWealth REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 17.2%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 12.4%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 9.9% and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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