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Digital Realty Trust Inc. (DLR): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Digital Realty ( DLR) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty fell $0.62 (-1.3%) to $46.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,198,610 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,778,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.50-$47.69 after having opened the day at $47.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.54. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 12.3%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 11.3%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 8.7% and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 6.6%.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 15.0%, QC Holdings ( QCCO), up 13.3%, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), up 13.2% and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 10.0% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) 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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