The real estate industry closed the day up 1.5%. Tree.com Inc ( TREE), Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), American Realty Capital Properties Inc ( ARCP), and Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR) were all decliners today within the real estate industry with Duke Realty ( DRE) being today's featured real estate loser. Duke Realty fell 39 cents (-3.7%) to $10.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares.

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 $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 98.7, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 45.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Cogdell Spencer Inc ( CSA), BioMed Realty Trust Inc ( BMR), Mission West Properties ( MSW), and Gladstone Commercial Corporation ( GOOD) were all gainers within the real estate industry with HCP Inc ( HCP) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).
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