American Tower Corp (AMT): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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American Tower ( AMT) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, American Tower fell $0.75 (-1.0%) to $72.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,165,794 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,966,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.36-$73.74 after having opened the day at $73.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.43. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: 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%.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $28.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Vornado Realty ( VNO) 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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