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

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Digital Realty ( DLR) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty rose $0.78 (1.4%) to $55.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,166,362 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,724,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.06-$55.43 after having opened the day at $54.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.63. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: China Commercial Credit ( CCCR), up 12.8%, Credit Suisse ( UWTI), up 7.6%, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), up 6.7% and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 6.2%.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 negative front, Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), down 9.9%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 9.5%, Carrollton Bancorp ( CRRB), down 9.1% and Colony Bankcorp ( CBAN), down 9.1% , were all laggards within the financial sector with American Express ( AXP) 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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