DDR Corp (DDR): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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DDR ( DDR) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, DDR fell $0.21 (-1.3%) to $16.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,263,090 shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,076,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.24-$16.56 after having opened the day at $16.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.49. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 17.9%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 17.8%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.0% and Campus Crest Communities ( CCG), down 10.4%.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, compelling growth in net income and growth in earnings per share. 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 positive front, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 21.4%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 16.2%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 12.1% and AMERISAFE ( AMSF), up 11.6% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Capital One Financial ( COF) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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