Vornado Realty Trust (VNO): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Vornado Realty ( VNO) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Vornado Realty fell $2.47 (-3%) to $80.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 907,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.21-$83.26 after having opened the day at $82.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.68. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 25.5%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.4%, Pathfinder Bancorp ( PBHC), down 9.9%, and Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), down 9.8%.
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Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $15.45 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 65.7%, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 26.9%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 25.4%, and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 17.8%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Comerica ( CMA) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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