Liberty Property Trust (LRY): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Liberty Property ( LRY) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Liberty Property rose $0.46 (1.2%) to $37.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,409,763 shares of Liberty Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,195,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.40-$37.21 after having opened the day at $36.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.73. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 69.2%, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 29.3%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 19.1% and Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 8.4%.

Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. Liberty Property has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Liberty Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 26.5%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.0%, Intergroup Corporation ( INTG), down 9.3% and Pathfinder Bancorp ( PBHC), down 8.9% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Capital One Financial ( COF) being today's financial sector laggard.

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