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

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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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Prologis rose $0.47 (1.1%) to $42.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,788,914 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,234,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.89-$42.41 after having opened the day at $41.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.91. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 9.9%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 7.7%, Homex Development ( HXM), up 6.4% and Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 5.6%.
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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 $19.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Optibase ( OBAS), down 4.8%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 4.2%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 4.2% and IFM Investments ( CTC), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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