Two Harbors Investment Corp (TWO): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Two Harbors Investment fell $0.13 (-1.3%) to $10.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,501,419 shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,712,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.19-$10.42 after having opened the day at $10.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.34. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 8.0%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 5.6%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 4.8% and Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 4.6%.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 5.1%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 5.0%, Aviv REIT ( AVIV), up 3.5% and First Potomac Realty ( FPO), up 2.9% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Zillow ( Z) 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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