5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 14,074 as of Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,591 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Forestar Group ( FOR), up 12.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.6%, MFA Financial ( MFA), up 1.6%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.2% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 0.6%.

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

5. Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage is up $0.40 (1.1%) to $37.92 on light volume Thus far, 199,411 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 971,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.53-$37.92 after having opened the day at $37.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.52.

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH) is up $0.49 (2.1%) to $24.26 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.8 million shares of CommonWealth REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.10-$24.30 after having opened the day at $23.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.77.

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in office buildings, industrial buildings, and leased industrial land. CommonWealth REIT has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 72.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 59.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CommonWealth REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CommonWealth REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full CommonWealth REIT Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.38 (0.8%) to $49.28 on light volume Thus far, 595,330 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.89-$49.29 after having opened the day at $48.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.90.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. 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 HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $65.00 on light volume Thus far, 509,711 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 $64.64-$65.13 after having opened the day at $64.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.62.

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 $16.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.10 (0.7%) to $15.36 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.26-$15.37 after having opened the day at $15.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.26.

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 $14.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% 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 10 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 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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