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Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings fell $0.37 (-1.0%) to $36.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 565,897 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,274,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.90-$36.65 after having opened the day at $36.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.43. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: 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%.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Simon Property Group ( SPG) 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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