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DDR ( DDR) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, DDR fell 18 cents (-1.1%) to $15.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.57-$15.77 after having opened the day at $15.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.87. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: IFM Investments ( CTC), down 15.1%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 4.8%, Transcontinental Realty ( TCI), down 4.3%, and BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 4%.
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DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $4.92 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 9.9%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 9.4%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 6.5%, and Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 6%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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