HCP Inc (HCP): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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HCP ( HCP) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, HCP fell $1.95 (-4.7%) to $39.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,934,761 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,657,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.36-$41.63 after having opened the day at $41.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.77. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 7.4%, Whitestone REIT ( WSR), down 6.2%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 5.0% and Redwood ( RWT), down 4.4%.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, CKX Lands ( CKX), up 8.4%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 3.6%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 3.3% and Monroe Capital ( MRCC), up 2.9%.

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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