5 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 30 points (-0.2%) at 14,005 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 991 issues advancing vs. 1,875 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 4.9%, and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.4%.

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

5. Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Apartment Investment & Management is up $0.38 (1.3%) to $29.96 on average volume Thus far, 487,060 shares of Apartment Investment & Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.52-$30.06 after having opened the day at $29.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.58.

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 $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Camden Property ( CPT) is up $0.72 (1.0%) to $71.40 on light volume Thus far, 115,631 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 530,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.43-$71.40 after having opened the day at $70.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.68.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Camden Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Camden Property Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is up $0.25 (1.0%) to $25.13 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.88-$25.13 after having opened the day at $24.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.88.

UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate UDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full UDR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $1.39 (2.2%) to $66.01 on average volume Thus far, 705,773 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.40-$66.10 after having opened the day at $64.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.62.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.01 (0.7%) to $153.73 on light volume Thus far, 153,313 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 696,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.39-$153.91 after having opened the day at $152.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.72.

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 $26.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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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