E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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E-House China Holdings ( EJ) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, E-House China Holdings fell $0.43 (-3.0%) to $13.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,923,710 shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,606,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.90-$14.46 after having opened the day at $14.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.42. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 18.8%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 12.1%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 6.1% and Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), down 2.1%.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate E-House China Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 10.4%, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 8.3%, BRT Realty ( BRT), up 7.3% and Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 7.1% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Extra Space Storage ( EXR) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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