Commercial real estate remains one of the better-performing sectors of the stock market, according to a third-quarter update of the economy and markets Thursday by Advantus Capital Management Inc.

The St. Paul investment adviser said that many advisory companies are trying to calm jittery clients about the global financial crisis though admitting the end may not be clearly in sight. Advantus said actions by the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department "very likely prevented a collapse of the financial system," but it questioned whether their actions were "sufficient to contain the crisis in the months ahead."

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