Duke Realty Corp (DRE): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Duke Realty ( DRE) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Duke Realty rose 9 cents (0.6%) to $14.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.59-$14.84 after having opened the day at $14.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.73. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Imperial Holdings ( IFT), up 29.8%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 17.9%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 14.7%, and PremierWest Bancorp ( PRWT), up 13%.

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 $3.85 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Currently there are six analysts that rate Duke Realty a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Realty as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 14.2%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.9%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 10.4%, and OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 9%, were all losers within the financial sector with NYSE Euronext ( NYX) being today's financial sector loser.

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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