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Duke Realty

(

DRE

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Duke Realty fell $0.17 (-1.1%) to $14.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,857,941 shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,437,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.67-$14.83 after having opened the day at $14.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.93. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Credit Suisse

(

DOIL

), down 21.8%,

Landmark Bancorp

(

LARK

), down 8.1%,

Roberts Realty Investors

(

RPI

), down 8.0% and

Life Partners Holdings

(

LPHI

), down 7.7%.

Duke Realty Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It offers leasing, property and asset management, development, construction, build-to-suit, and other tenant-related services. Duke Realty has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Duke Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Duke Realty

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front,

Anchor Bancorp

(

ANCB

), up 11.2%,

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), up 10.0%,

ZipRealty

(

ZIPR

), up 8.4% and

Bank Bradesco

(

BBDO

), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the financial sector with

Ameriprise Financial

(

AMP

) 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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