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

Digital Realty ( DLR) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty fell $0.75 (-1.2%) to $59.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,211,790 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,703,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.41-$60.45 after having opened the day at $60.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.17. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: World Acceptance Corporation ( WRLD), down 11.8%, Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation ( ANH), down 11.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 10.2% and Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT ( EARN), down 8.8%.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Credit Suisse ( DOIL), up 21.0%, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 17.7%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), up 16.9% and First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas ( FFBH), up 13.8% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Citigroup ( C) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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