DDR Corp (DDR): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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DDR ( DDR) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, DDR rose $0.26 (1.6%) to $16.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,482,008 shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,083,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.03-$16.32 after having opened the day at $16.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.06. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 9.9%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 8.8%, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), up 5.6% and IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones ( IRS), up 4.9%.

DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Zillow ( Z), down 10.0%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 4.7%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 4.7% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) 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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