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

Dupont Fabros Technology ( DFT) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dupont Fabros Technology rose 19 cents (0.7%) to $26.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 787,828 shares of Dupont Fabros Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 918,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.14-$26.78 after having opened the day at $26.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.33. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 19.3%, Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 17.6%, FNB United ( FNBN), up 14.8%, and Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 13%.

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 $1.67 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.3, below the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 42.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 16.7%, Oak Ridge Financial Services ( BKOR), down 12.5%, Princeton National Bancorp ( PNBC), down 11.2%, and SYSWIN ( SYSW), down 10.1%, were all losers within the financial sector with BB&T ( BBT) 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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