Digital Realty Trust Inc. (DLR): Today's Featured Real Estate Loser

Digital Realty ( DLR) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty fell 61 cents (-0.8%) to $73.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 873,362 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 980,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.40-$74.56 after having opened the day at $74.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.36. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: IRSA Investments and Representations ( IRS), down 4.8%, Urstadt Biddle Properties ( UBP), down 4.1%, Rouse Properties ( RSE), down 3.8%, and Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), down 3.3%.

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 $7.84 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.4, 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 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 14.2%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 13%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 10.4%, and Dupont Fabros Technology ( DFT), up 7.7%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with HCP ( 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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