Liberty Property Trust (LRY): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Liberty Property ( LRY) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Liberty Property rose $0.71 (2.0%) to $36.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 900,992 shares of Liberty Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,024,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.43-$36.42 after having opened the day at $35.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.70. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 10.9%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 7.7%, Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), up 5.4% and QTS Realty Trust Inc Class A ( QTS), up 4.2%.

Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. Liberty Property has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Liberty Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 17.8%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 14.8%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 9.3% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with HCP ( HCP) 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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