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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

HCP

(NYSE:

HCP

) is trading at unusually high volume Friday with 6.5 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 2.3 times its average daily volume and trading up $1.30 (+3.1%) at $43.19 as of 4:01 p.m. ET.

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HCP has a market cap of $20.07 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 23, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates

HCP

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

HCP Ratings Report

.

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