Health Care REIT Inc. (HCN): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Health Care REIT ( HCN) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.0%. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT rose $1.69 (2.9%) to $60.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,793,621 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,228,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.43-$60.21 after having opened the day at $58.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.32. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Homex Development ( HXM), up 36.4%, iStar Financial ( SFI), up 5.7%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 5.2% and Stag Industrial ( STAG), up 5.0%.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Zillow ( Z), down 4.8%, Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), down 4.3%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 4.1% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 3.0%.

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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