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Duke Realty



) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Duke Realty fell $0.32 (-1.8%) to $17.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,745,475 shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,598,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.94-$17.50 after having opened the day at $17.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.41. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), down 8.8%,




), down 2.9%,

Universal Health Realty Income



), down 2.8% and

Income Opportunity Realty Investors



), down 2.2%.

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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 $5.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

MPG Office



), down 20.4%,

Maui Land & Pineapple Company



), down 12.8%,

Institutional Financial Markets



), down 9.2% and

Altisource Portfolio Solutions



), down 7.8% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Ryman Hospitality Properties



) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

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