4 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 266 points (-2.0%) at 12,979 as of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 2:19 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 512 issues advancing vs. 2,488 declining with 87 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.9%. A company within the industry that increased today was HCP ( HCP), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 2.0%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 2.8%, American Express ( AXP), down 2.5% and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.8%.

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

4. Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions is up $7.40 (6.9%) to $114.00 on heavy volume Thus far, 231,969 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 210,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.72-$114.00 after having opened the day at $105.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.60.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides services related to real estate and mortgage portfolio management, asset recovery, and customer relationship management primarily in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 114.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $2.45 (1.7%) to $143.48 on heavy volume Thus far, 691,493 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 597,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $140.31-$143.90 after having opened the day at $140.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.03.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.37 (0.6%) to $64.28 on average volume Thus far, 736,561 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.44-$64.39 after having opened the day at $63.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.91.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.59 (1.0%) to $59.26 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.34-$59.42 after having opened the day at $58.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.67.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 73.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.

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