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 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 5.0%, Forest City ( FCE.A), up 3.4%, Colony Financial ( CLNY), up 3.1% and Camden Property ( CPT), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.2%, and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.0%.

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

5. BRE Properties ( BRE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, BRE Properties is up $0.62 (1.3%) to $49.74 on heavy volume Thus far, 736,239 shares of BRE Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 746,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.78-$50.16 after having opened the day at $49.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.11.

BRE Properties Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It focuses on the development, acquisition, and management of multifamily apartment communities. BRE Properties Inc. BRE Properties has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate BRE Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRE Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full BRE Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is up $0.96 (0.6%) to $152.08 on average volume Thus far, 107,943 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 249,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.75-$152.32 after having opened the day at $151.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.12.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is up $0.18 (0.7%) to $24.58 on light volume Thus far, 788,462 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.32-$24.75 after having opened the day at $24.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.41.

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 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is up $0.30 (2.2%) to $13.94 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.65-$13.98 after having opened the day at $13.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.65.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, residential real properties, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance 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 Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.13 (0.8%) to $15.62 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.44-$15.62 after having opened the day at $15.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.49.

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 9.0, 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 Thursday. 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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