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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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty rose $1.44 (2.7%) to $53.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,587,228 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,588,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.11-$54.08 after having opened the day at $52.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.50. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 96.4%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 17.7%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 16.1% and Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 14.9%.

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 $7.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 10.0%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 9.0%, Stewardship Financial Corporation ( SSFN), down 8.4% and Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 8.2% , were all laggards within the financial sector with U.S. Bancorp ( USB) being today's financial sector laggard.

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