Dupont Fabros Technology Inc (DFT): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

Dupont Fabros Technology ( DFT) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Dupont Fabros Technology rose 25 cents (0.9%) to $26.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Dupont Fabros Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.31-$26.92 after having opened the day at $26.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.63. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 6.5%, NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), up 5%, Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), up 4.9%, and Parkway Properties ( PKY), up 4.5%.

DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, operation, management, and lease of large-scale data center facilities in the United States. Dupont Fabros Technology has a market cap of $1.69 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.8, below the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 43.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Dupont Fabros Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dupont Fabros Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 32.4%, SYSWIN ( SYSW), down 13.4%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 8.7%, and IRSA Investments and Representations ( IRS), down 7.6%, were all losers within the real estate industry with American Express ( AXP) being today's real estate industry loser.

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