5 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 57 points (0.4%) at 14,513 as of Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,058 issues advancing vs. 849 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.9%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), up 1.4%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.3%, American Tower ( AMT), up 0.8% and SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Boston Properties ( BXP), down 0.9%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 0.7% and Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.4%.

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

5. CBRE Group ( CBG) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CBRE Group is up $0.52 (2.1%) to $24.98 on light volume Thus far, 935,751 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.64-$25.07 after having opened the day at $24.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.46.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $70.39 on light volume Thus far, 441,823 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.10-$70.49 after having opened the day at $70.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.89.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.28 (0.6%) to $48.52 on light volume Thus far, 597,525 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.44-$48.67 after having opened the day at $48.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.24.

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 $21.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 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, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $38.55 on light volume Thus far, 781,185 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.42-$38.73 after having opened the day at $38.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.32.

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 $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.0% 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.14 (0.8%) to $17.15 on average volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.93-$17.24 after having opened the day at $17.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.01.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1734.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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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