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: Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors is a real estate investment trust whose businesses include leasing space to tenants in shopping and industrial centers and managing centers for joint ventures.
Paolone lifted overweight-rated Weingarten Realty Investors' price target by $2 to $27.
The analyst said he is generally bullish on "stocks that operate portfolios with more economically leveraged property types (such as apartments and
central business district
office) at this part of the cycle."
He conceded, however, that Weingarten's 2011 outlook is favorable and he likes its valuation.
"Weingarten is beginning to see some traction on the leasing front, and we expect this will continue throughout 2011 as the company makes incremental progress leasing up its core portfolio and unstabilized developments -- which should be a marginal plus for earnings."
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