5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the real estate industry higher today, Nov. 16, 2012.

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

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 12,582 as of Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 11:59 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,549 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 99 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 3.7%, Hatteras Financial Corporation ( HTS), up 2.9%, MFA Financial ( MFA), up 2.7%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.6% and American Tower ( AMT), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.8%, and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 0.6%.

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

5. Invesco Mortgage Capital ( IVR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Invesco Mortgage Capital is up $0.80 (4.2%) to $19.55 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Invesco Mortgage Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.90-$19.67 after having opened the day at $18.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.75.

Invesco Agency Securities Inc. operates as a mortgage real estate investment trust. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Invesco Mortgage Capital has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Invesco Mortgage Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco Mortgage Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Invesco Mortgage Capital Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, CYS Investments ( CYS) is up $0.48 (4.1%) to $12.26 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of CYS Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.85-$12.40 after having opened the day at $11.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.78.

No company description available. CYS Investments has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CYS Investments a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CYS Investments as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income 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 CYS Investments Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.56 (1.5%) to $38.06 on light volume Thus far, 329,337 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.51-$38.10 after having opened the day at $37.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.50.

Realty Income Corporation engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial retail real estate properties in the United States. The company leases its retail properties primarily to regional and national retail chain store operators. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR) is up $0.28 (4.4%) to $6.69 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.0 million shares of ARMOUR Residential REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.55-$6.79 after having opened the day at $6.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.41.

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by ARMOUR Residential Management LLC. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. ARMOUR Residential REIT has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ARMOUR Residential REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ARMOUR Residential REIT as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time. Get the full ARMOUR Residential REIT Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.48 (1.1%) to $44.26 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.84-$44.54 after having opened the day at $43.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.78.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $19.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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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