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5 Stocks Moving The Real Estate Industry Upward

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency (AGNC), up 1.6%, and Annaly Capital Management (NLY), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBL & Associates Properties (CBL), down 4.3%, LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), down 3.9%, Icahn (IEP), down 3.6%, Howard Hughes (HHC), down 2.1% and HCP (HCP), down 1.2%.

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

5. W. P. Carey (WPC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, W. P. Carey is up $1.04 (1.8%) to $59.79 on heavy volume. Thus far, 966,775 shares of W. P. Carey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 385,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.35-$60.33 after having opened the day at $59.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.75.

W. P. Carey Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. W. P. Carey has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate W. P. Carey a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W. P. Carey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full W. P. Carey Ratings Report now.

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