Starwood Property Trust Inc. (STWD): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Starwood Property ( STWD) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Starwood Property rose $0.31 (1.3%) to $24.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,829,456 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,344,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.82-$24.36 after having opened the day at $23.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.85. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: FelCor Lodging ( FCH), up 4.1%, Optibase ( OBAS), up 3.9%, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 3.7% and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), up 3.4%.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. engages in originating, investing in, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 5.0%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 4.5%, HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), down 4.5% and Owens Realty Mortgage ( ORM), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Realty Income Corporation ( O) 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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