5 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 13 points (0.1%) at 14,463 as of Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,568 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 2.7%, PennyMac Mortgage Investment ( PMT), up 2.5%, W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 0.9%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 0.8% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.1%.

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

5. Starwood Property ( STWD) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Starwood Property is up $0.26 (1.0%) to $28.08 on light volume Thus far, 400,493 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.69-$28.10 after having opened the day at $27.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.82.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. engages in originating, investing in, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Property 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, good cash flow from operations 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 Starwood Property Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, DCT Industrial ( DCT) is up $0.09 (1.2%) to $7.38 on light volume Thus far, 984,051 shares of DCT Industrial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.29-$7.40 after having opened the day at $7.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.29.

DCT Industrial Trust Inc. operates as a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm provides its services to companies. Through its fund, it engages in the ownership, operation, and development of real estate properties. DCT Industrial has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate DCT Industrial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DCT Industrial 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 revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full DCT Industrial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Invesco Mortgage Capital ( IVR) is up $0.19 (0.9%) to $21.34 on light volume Thus far, 728,056 shares of Invesco Mortgage Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.02-$21.35 after having opened the day at $21.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.15.

Invesco Agency Securities Inc. operates as a mortgage real estate investment trust. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Invesco Mortgage Capital has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Invesco Mortgage Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco Mortgage Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. 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 Invesco Mortgage Capital Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH) is up $0.42 (1.9%) to $22.17 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of CommonWealth REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.64-$22.34 after having opened the day at $21.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.75.

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 $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CommonWealth REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates 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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1. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.26 (0.7%) to $39.07 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.06-$39.55 after having opened the day at $39.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.81.

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 $18.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Prologis 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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