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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, General Growth Properties rose $0.47 (2.1%) to $22.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,609,903 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,193,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.98-$22.40 after having opened the day at $21.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.92. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 8.0%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 6.7%, PennyMac Financial Services Inc Class A ( PFSI), up 5.2% and QTS Realty Trust Inc Class A ( QTS), up 5.0%.

Real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, development, expansion and financing of regional mall shopping centers in the United States. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 55.8%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 6.3%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 4.3% and LGI Homes ( LGIH), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI) 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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