4. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.33 (0.7%) to $45.15 on light volume Thus far, 523,231 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.89-$45.25 after having opened the day at $44.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.82.

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 $20.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Jim Cramer's Protégé, Dave Peltier, only buys Stocks Under $10 that he thinks could potentially double. See what he's trading today with a 14-day FREE pass

If you liked this article you might like

The XLRE ETF Has a Lot to Tell Us About Real Estate

S&P Dow Jones Indices Launching New Real Estate Sector

Cramer: The Answer to This Market: Part 1

Strong And Under The Radar Today: AvalonBay Communities (AVB)

AvalonBay Communities (AVB) Marked As Today's Roof Leaker Stock