Prologis Inc (PLD): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

Prologis ( PLD) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Prologis rose 36 cents (1.1%) to $33.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.37-$33.20 after having opened the day at $32.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.69. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: FirstCity Financial Corporation ( FCFC), up 6%, PMC Commercial ( PCC), up 4.8%, MHI Hospitality Corporation ( MDH), up 4.2%, and Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 3.6%.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 273.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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