Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Vornado Realty ( VNO) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Vornado Realty rose $1.37 (1.6%) to $84.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 905,621 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 892,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.99-$84.60 after having opened the day at $82.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.15. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 6.9%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), up 4.5%, Intergroup Corporation ( INTG), up 4.1% and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 3.8%.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $15.8 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 4 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share 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, Homex Development ( HXM), down 7.8%, Zillow ( Z), down 5.0%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 4.3% and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with American Tower ( AMT) 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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