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DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (DCT): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

DCT Industrial ( DCT) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, DCT Industrial fell $0.08 (-1.1%) to $7.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,552,088 shares of DCT Industrial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,821,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.46-$7.62 after having opened the day at $7.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.59. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Homex Development ( HXM), down 11.6%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 11.4%, First Advantage Bancorp ( FABK), down 11.1% and Palmetto ( PLMT), down 9.5%.

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DCT Industrial Trust Inc. operates as a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm provides its services to companies. Through its fund, it engages in the ownership, operation, and development of real estate properties. DCT Industrial has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates DCT Industrial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 19.9%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 13.8%, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 10.9% and National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 10.4% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Credit Suisse Group ( CS) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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