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Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 40 points (-0.3%) at 14,679 as of Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,751 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 2.7%, Prologis ( PLD), up 2.2%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.8%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.7% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Digital Realty ( DLR), down 0.86, and Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.53.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, KKR Financial Holdings is up $0.32 (3.04) to $10.85 on average volume Thus far, 413,321 shares of KKR Financial Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.53-$10.88 after having opened the day at $10.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.53.

KKR Financial Holdings LLC, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. KKR Financial Holdings has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates KKR Financial Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full KKR Financial Holdings Ratings Report now.

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