Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. (OHI): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Omega Healthcare Investors fell $0.35 (-1.2%) to $29.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,330,312 shares of Omega Healthcare Investors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,457,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.82-$29.56 after having opened the day at $29.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.36. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 8.7%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 8.3%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 5.6% and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 4.0%.

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in healthcare facilities, principally long-term healthcare facilities in the United States. Omega Healthcare Investors has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Omega Healthcare Investors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omega Healthcare Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 11.1%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 4.3%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 3.9% and Intergroup Corporation ( INTG), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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