Realogy Holdings Corp (RLGY): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Realogy Holdings fell $1.48 (-3.2%) to $45.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,389,111 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,603,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.13-$47.38 after having opened the day at $47.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.69. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: 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%.

Realogy Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides real estate and relocation services in the United States and internationally. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Optibase ( OBAS), up 14.9%, HFF ( HF), up 6.3%, Duke Realty ( DRE), up 5.3% and Ashford Hospitality ( AHT), up 4.9% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with General Growth Properties ( GGP) 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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