3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 115 points (-0.8%) at 13,894 as of Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 654 issues advancing vs. 2,230 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. A company within the industry that increased today was Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Homex Development ( HXM), down 6.6%, Alexander's ( ALX), down 2.9%, PennyMac Mortgage Investment ( PMT), down 2.5%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2.3% and Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 2.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Kilroy Realty Corporation ( KRC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kilroy Realty Corporation is up $0.29 (0.6%) to $50.39 on light volume Thus far, 202,874 shares of Kilroy Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 544,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.00-$50.74 after having opened the day at $50.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.10.

Kilroy Realty Corporation is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, development, and management of properties. It invests in the real estate markets of Southern California. Kilroy Realty Corporation has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kilroy Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, MFA Financial ( MFA) is up $0.07 (0.8%) to $9.14 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of MFA Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.12-$9.19 after having opened the day at $9.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.07.

MFA Financial, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), invests in residential agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS). MFA Financial has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate MFA Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MFA Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full MFA Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV) is up $0.16 (0.6%) to $27.55 on average volume Thus far, 685,616 shares of Apartment Investment & Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.19-$27.66 after having opened the day at $27.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.39.

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 $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Apartment Investment & Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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