Simon Property Group Inc (SPG): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Simon Property Group ( SPG) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Simon Property Group rose $1.86 (1.2%) to $153.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,139,324 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,313,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $151.56-$154.55 after having opened the day at $152.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.09. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), up 10.1%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 7.4%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 4.9% and Rexford Industrial Realty ( REXR), up 3.9%.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $47.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), down 9.2%, HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), down 8.7%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 5.3% and Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) 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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