General Growth Properties Inc (GGP): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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General Growth Properties ( GGP) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, General Growth Properties rose $0.41 (2.1%) to $19.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,283,476 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,165,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.67-$19.99 after having opened the day at $19.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.58. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Optibase ( OBAS), up 14.9%, HFF ( HF), up 6.3%, Duke Realty ( DRE), up 5.3% and Ashford Hospitality ( AHT), up 4.9%.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 131.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 24.2%, HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), down 5.1%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 4.2% and Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) 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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