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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Prologis rose $0.51 (1.3%) to $38.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,730,573 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,278,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.70-$38.52 after having opened the day at $37.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.99. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: MHI Hospitality Corporation ( MDH), up 5.0%, Sotherly Hotels ( SOHO), up 5.0%, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), up 4.7% and Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 4.4%.

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 $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 8.3%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.2%, Winthrop Realty ( FUR), down 5.6% and Arlington Asset Investment ( AI), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with American Capital Agency ( AGNC) being today's real estate industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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