Prologis Inc (PLD): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Prologis ( PLD) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Prologis fell $0.48 (-1.3%) to $37.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,889,050 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,245,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.77-$37.74 after having opened the day at $37.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.68. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 7.8%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 6.6%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 5.5% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 5.2%.

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 $18.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its growth in net income. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 8.8%, Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), up 6.8%, J.W. Mays ( MAYS), up 6.3% and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 5.8% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Public Storage ( PSA) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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