Realty Income Corporation (O): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Realty Income Corporation ( O) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Realty Income Corporation rose $0.50 (1.2%) to $43.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,102,467 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,157,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.90-$43.52 after having opened the day at $43.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.91. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: JGWPT Holdings Inc Class A ( JGW), up 10.6%, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 8.3%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 8.2% and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 7.1%.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.1%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 5.5%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 4.2% and LGI Homes ( LGIH), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) 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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