Equity Residential (EQR): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Equity Residential ( EQR) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Equity Residential fell $0.74 (-1.4%) to $53.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,412,814 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,352,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.01-$54.10 after having opened the day at $54.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.21. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: 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%.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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