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Macerich Company ( MAC) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Macerich Company rose $1.23 (2.0%) to $62.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,140,483 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,445,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.16-$62.89 after having opened the day at $61.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.12. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 72.5%, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 28.7%, BRT Realty ( BRT), up 4.8% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 4.4%.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 8.7%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 5.8%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 5.6% and Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) 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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