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

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Digital Realty ( DLR) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Digital Realty rose $0.66 (1.2%) to $54.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,639,185 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,602,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.32-$54.50 after having opened the day at $53.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.48. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 37.4%, Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), up 6.3%, Consolidated-Tomoka Land ( CTO), up 5.4% and Columbia Property ( CXP), up 5.4%.

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 $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 9.7%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 6.2%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 5.8% and Gladstone Land ( LAND), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with American Tower ( AMT) 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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