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Public Storage



) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Public Storage rose $2.53 (1.6%) to $162.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 869,090 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 599,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $159.08-$162.75 after having opened the day at $159.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.06. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Siebert Financial Corporation



), up 12.9%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), up 12.6%,




), up 11.7% and

Blackstone Mortgate



), up 11.7%.

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Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation



), down 11.8%,

China HGS Real Estate



), down 9.5%,




), down 6.2% and




), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the financial sector with

Genworth Financial



) being today's financial sector laggard.

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