CBRE Group Inc (CBG): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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CBRE Group ( CBG) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, CBRE Group fell $0.87 (-3.3%) to $25.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,583,623 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,596,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.50-$26.31 after having opened the day at $25.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.72. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 21.2%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 7.9%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 5.9% and Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 5.7%.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 9.5%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 7.6%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 7.6% and Zillow ( Z), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Prologis ( PLD) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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