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

Duke Realty ( DRE) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Duke Realty fell 12 cents (-0.8%) to $14.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.68-$14.99 after having opened the day at $14.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.88. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were: CNinsure ( CISG), down 15.5%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), down 12.6%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 10.6%, and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 10.4%.

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 $3.98 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 positive front, FirstCity Financial Corporation ( FCFC), up 17.7%, Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), up 15%, United Community Financial Corporation ( UCFC), up 12.2%, and SYSWIN ( SYSW), up 11.5%, were all gainers within the financial sector with SunTrust Banks ( STI) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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).