Realogy Holdings Corp (RLGY): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Realogy Holdings fell $1.17 (-2.5%) to $44.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,287,552 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,433,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.80-$46.52 after having opened the day at $46.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.08. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 5.7%, Chatham Lodging ( CLDT), down 4.3%, Essent Group ( ESNT), down 4.0% and IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones ( IRS), down 3.9%.

Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 16.9%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 9.9%, Columbia Property ( CXP), up 6.0% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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