4 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 3.3%, and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Prologis ( PLD), down 1.2%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 0.9%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 0.8%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 0.7% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.4%.

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

4. Homex Development ( HXM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Homex Development is up $0.98 (8.3%) to $12.76 on average volume Thus far, 252,041 shares of Homex Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 568,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.85-$12.87 after having opened the day at $11.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.78.

Desarrolladora Homex, S.A.B. de C.V., a vertically integrated home development company, engages in the development, construction, and sale of affordable entry-level, middle-income, and tourism housing in Mexico, as well as affordable entry-level housing in Brazil. Homex Development has a market cap of $677.0 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Homex Development a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Homex Development as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Homex Development Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CubeSmart ( CUBE) is up $0.22 (1.5%) to $14.63 on average volume Thus far, 607,702 shares of CubeSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.47-$14.64 after having opened the day at $14.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.41.

U-Store-It Trust operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership, operation, acquisition, and development of self-storage facilities in the United States. CubeSmart has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CubeSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.23 (0.7%) to $32.41 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.22-$32.48 after having opened the day at $32.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.18.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.11 (0.7%) to $15.08 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.97-$15.12 after having opened the day at $15.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.97.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc., a real estate investment trust, engages in the ownership, management, and financing of a portfolio of investment securities. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $14.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management 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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