CBL & Associates Properties Inc. (CBL): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, CBL & Associates Properties fell $0.29 (-1.5%) to $19.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,956,883 shares of CBL & Associates Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,685,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.75-$19.51 after having opened the day at $19.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.29. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Chatham Lodging ( CLDT), down 6.7%, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 6.6%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 6.3% and IFM Investments ( CTC), down 5.7%.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CBL & Associates Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 11.1%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 8.5%, HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), up 6.3% and Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Tower ( AMT) 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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