Kimco Realty Corp (KIM): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Kimco Realty ( KIM) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Kimco Realty fell $0.25 (-1.2%) to $20.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,293,884 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,754,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.85-$21.21 after having opened the day at $21.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.11. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Icahn ( IEP), down 10.7%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 5.0%, Armada Hoffler Properties ( AHH), down 4.1% and HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), down 3.9%.

Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 59.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 11.1%, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), up 9.6%, One Liberty Properties ( OLP), up 5.8% and Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Ventas ( VTR) 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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