Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc (NSM): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings fell $1.97 (-5.8%) to $32.28 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,171,149 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,253,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.03-$34.38 after having opened the day at $34.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.25. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 17.1%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.6%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 9.7% and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 8.2%.

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 $3.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% 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, Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 8.8%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 8.2%, Ventas ( VTR), up 4.6% and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 4.3% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Capital Agency ( AGNC) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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