Health Care REIT Inc. (HCN): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Health Care REIT ( HCN) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT rose $0.61 (1.1%) to $58.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,178,810 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,118,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.07-$59.08 after having opened the day at $58.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.13. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 6.3%, St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 5.9%, Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), up 5.7% and InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 4.4%.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Optibase ( OBAS), down 4.9%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 4.6%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 4.5% and Hercules Technology Growth Capital ( HTGC), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Zillow ( Z) 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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