National Retail Properties Inc (NNN): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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National Retail Properties ( NNN) 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, National Retail Properties rose $0.74 (2.0%) to $36.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,001,731 shares of National Retail Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,473,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.88-$36.88 after having opened the day at $36.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.09. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: IFM Investments ( CTC), up 6.6%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 6.5%, W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 4.5% and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 4.0%.

National Retail Properties, Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm acquires, owns, manages, and develops retail properties in the United States. National Retail Properties has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate National Retail Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Retail Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Homex Development ( HXM), down 30.6%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 7.5%, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 6.9% and Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Ventas ( VTR) 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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