5 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 83 points (0.6%) at 13,218 as of Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,927 issues advancing vs. 999 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), up 2.0%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.7%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 1.2%, Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 0.8% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.0%.

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

5. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $35.82 on light volume Thus far, 174,952 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 783,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.65-$35.82 after having opened the day at $35.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.59.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is up $0.40 (2.1%) to $19.60 on light volume Thus far, 581,591 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.30-$19.61 after having opened the day at $19.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.20.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services company worldwide. CBRE Group has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.61 (0.8%) to $77.89 on light volume Thus far, 270,169 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.26-$77.89 after having opened the day at $77.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.28.

Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $0.79 (0.8%) to $104.77 on light volume Thus far, 189,187 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 805,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.08-$104.90 after having opened the day at $104.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.98.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.96 (1.4%) to $142.06 on light volume Thus far, 210,781 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 702,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $140.22-$142.07 after having opened the day at $140.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.10.

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 39.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 2 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. 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 Public Storage 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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