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Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings rose $0.55 (1.1%) to $49.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 690,851 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 962,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.04-$50.90 after having opened the day at $49.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.30. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), up 7.5%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), up 6.7%, PennyMac Financial Services Inc Class A ( PFSI), up 5.5% and ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 5.0%.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 59.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 9.7%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 6.9%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 3.9% and Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Public Storage ( PSA) 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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