CBRE Group Inc (CBG): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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CBRE Group ( CBG) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, CBRE Group fell $0.30 (-1.1%) to $26.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,198,938 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,307,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.45-$27.02 after having opened the day at $26.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.96. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 7.0%, Doral Financial ( DRL), down 4.5%, New England Realty Associates ( NEN), down 3.6% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 3.5%.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company worldwide. The company operates through Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services segments. CBRE Group has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Zillow ( Z), up 7.6%, Starwood Waypoint Residential ( SWAY), up 5.3%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 4.2% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Essex Property ( ESS) 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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