5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.9%, and Home Properties ( HME), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Parkway Properties ( PKY), down 5.3%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 1.3%, KKR Financial Corporation ( KFN), down 1.2%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.1% and Icahn ( IEP), down 0.7%.

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

5. Hatteras Financial Corporation ( HTS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Hatteras Financial Corporation is up $0.21 (0.8%) to $26.71 on light volume Thus far, 219,399 shares of Hatteras Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.49-$26.71 after having opened the day at $26.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.50.

Hatteras Financial Corp. operates as an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT). Hatteras Financial Corporation has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Hatteras Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hatteras Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Hatteras Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV) is up $0.23 (0.9%) to $25.26 on light volume Thus far, 334,866 shares of Apartment Investment & Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.00-$25.30 after having opened the day at $25.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.03.

Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) is a real estate investment manager. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of apartment properties. It invests in real estate markets of United States. The firm primarily invests in apartment properties. Apartment Investment & Management has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Apartment Investment & Management a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, American Campus Communities ( ACC) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $44.30 on light volume Thus far, 186,113 shares of American Campus Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 993,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.84-$44.35 after having opened the day at $43.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.80.

American Campus Communities, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily engages in developing, owning, and managing high-quality student housing communities. American Campus Communities has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Campus Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Campus Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, 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 American Campus Communities Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty ( KIM) is up $0.12 (0.6%) to $19.40 on light volume Thus far, 766,338 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.24-$19.48 after having opened the day at $19.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.28.

Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins 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 Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is up $0.11 (1.0%) to $11.56 on average volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.38-$11.58 after having opened the day at $11.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.45.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, residential real properties, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment 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, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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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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