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5 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 15,208 as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,093 issues advancing vs. 1,832 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.17 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.24. Top gainers within the industry include Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT), up 4.9%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.9%, Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), up 1.7% and Forest City ( FCE.A), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ryman Hospitality Properties ( RHP), down 6.19, American Campus Communities ( ACC), down 3.75, Douglas Emmett ( DEI), down 2.32, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 2.04 and Duke Realty ( DRE), down 1.99.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment is up $0.41 (3.78) to $11.20 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.75-$11.27 after having opened the day at $10.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.79.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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