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 51 points (0.4%) at 14,033 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 943 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 7.9%, and American Tower ( AMT), down 1.0%.

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

4. 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 $0.68 (1.8%) to $37.73 on average volume Thus far, 439,391 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 912,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.14-$37.76 after having opened the day at $37.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.05.

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 $22.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above 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 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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3. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $85.37 on light volume Thus far, 262,201 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.86-$85.46 after having opened the day at $84.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.89.

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 $15.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.40 (1.0%) to $39.24 on light volume Thus far, 749,221 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.99-$39.43 after having opened the day at $39.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.84.

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 $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.51 (0.8%) to $63.47 on light volume Thus far, 653,676 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.16-$63.54 after having opened the day at $63.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.96.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT 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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