Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc (NSM): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings fell $0.43 (-1.4%) to $29.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,684,411 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,212,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.53-$30.39 after having opened the day at $29.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.11. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.0%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 3.9%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 3.7% and St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), down 2.5%.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, J.W. Mays ( MAYS), up 20.5%, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), up 8.0%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 5.9% and Excel ( EXL), up 5.4% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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