ARMOUR Residential REIT Inc (ARR): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, ARMOUR Residential REIT rose $0.07 (1.6%) to $4.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,517,582 shares of ARMOUR Residential REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,179,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.46-$4.53 after having opened the day at $4.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.46. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 29.3%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 7.5%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 6.4% and Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT ( EARN), up 6.2%.

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by ARMOUR Residential Management LLC. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. ARMOUR Residential REIT has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates ARMOUR Residential REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ARMOUR Residential REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the negative front, Owens Realty Mortgage ( ORM), down 5.6%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 5.1%, Doral Financial ( DRL), down 3.8% and DCT Industrial ( DCT), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Equity Residential ( EQR) 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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