CBL & Associates Properties Inc. (CBL): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, CBL & Associates Properties fell $0.68 (-3.6%) to $17.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,194,601 shares of CBL & Associates Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,468,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.93-$18.61 after having opened the day at $18.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.62. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 13.5%, J.W. Mays ( MAYS), down 7.6%, Altis Resident ( RESI), down 7.4% and Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), down 6.7%.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate CBL & Associates Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Gladstone Land ( LAND), up 6.5%, UCP ( UCP), up 5.2%, JGWPT Holdings Inc Class A ( JGW), up 3.8% and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 3.2% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Simon Property Group ( SPG) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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