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

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Duke Realty ( DRE) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Duke Realty rose 23 cents (1.6%) to $14.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.92-$14.24 after having opened the day at $14.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: IFM Investments ( CTC), up 15.1%, Thomas Properties Group ( TPGI), up 10.7%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 7.1%, and Forestar Group ( FOR), up 7.1%.

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 financial sector. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five 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 stock price performance. 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, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 16%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 13.1%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 4.7%, and Pennsylvania REIT ( PEI), down 4.3%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with Digital Realty ( DLR) being today's real estate industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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