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Digital Realty



) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty fell 41 cents (-0.6%) to $72.84 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 908,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.29-$73.29 after having opened the day at $72.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.25. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

China Housing & Land Development



), down 6%,

MHI Hospitality Corporation



), down 3.7%,

Home Loan Servicing Solutions



), down 2.5%, and

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), down 2.1%.

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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 $8.13 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.6, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,




), up 9.5%,

American Realty Investors



), up 6.5%,

Transcontinental Realty



), up 4.9%, and

FirstCity Financial Corporation



), up 4.1%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with




) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

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