Digital Realty Trust Inc. (DLR): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Digital Realty ( DLR) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty fell $1.98 (-2.7%) to $70.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $70.02-$71.54 after having opened the day at $71.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.73. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: IFM Investments ( CTC), down 13.3%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 5.6%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 4.6%, and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 3%.
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Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $8.92 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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