Prologis Inc (PLD): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Prologis ( PLD) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Prologis rose $0.66 (1.9%) to $36.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,470,749 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,072,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.35-$36.12 after having opened the day at $35.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.42. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 20.1%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 13.4%, Independent Bank Corp (Ionia MI ( IBCP), up 13.0% and Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 12.7%.

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 $17.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, DFC Global ( DLLR), down 28.9%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 11.6%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 10.6% and Homex Development ( HXM), down 9.4% , were all laggards within the financial sector with First Horizon National ( FHN) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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