4 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. A company within the industry that increased today was Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 1.1%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.0%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.0%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.7% and Equity Residential ( EQR), down 0.8%.

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

4. RLJ Lodging ( RLJ) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, RLJ Lodging is up $0.39 (2.2%) to $18.46 on light volume Thus far, 162,866 shares of RLJ Lodging exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 508,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.06-$18.46 after having opened the day at $18.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.07.

RLJ Lodging Trust is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also manages real estate funds. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in premium-branded, focused service, and compact full-service hotels. RLJ Lodging has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 71.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate RLJ Lodging a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates RLJ Lodging as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full RLJ Lodging Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is up $1.02 (1.0%) to $105.48 on light volume Thus far, 43,645 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 218,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.01-$106.36 after having opened the day at $104.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.47.

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 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 110.2% 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.

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2. As of noon trading, PennyMac Mortgage Investment ( PMT) is up $0.41 (1.8%) to $23.90 on light volume Thus far, 338,658 shares of PennyMac Mortgage Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.49-$23.98 after having opened the day at $23.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.49.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, a specialty finance company, through its subsidiaries, invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets. PNMAC Capital Management, LLC acts as the manager of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust. PennyMac Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate PennyMac Mortgage Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PennyMac Mortgage Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 PennyMac Mortgage Investment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.34 (1.0%) to $33.74 on light volume Thus far, 773,087 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.39-$33.76 after having opened the day at $33.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.40.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 145.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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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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