4 Real Estate Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 14,513 as of Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 4.7%, American Tower ( AMT), up 1.6% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include W. P. Carey ( WPC), down 1.1%, and Icahn ( IEP), down 1.0%.

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

4. Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment is up $0.71 (0.7%) to $107.49 on average volume Thus far, 156,565 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 383,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.79-$107.62 after having opened the day at $105.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.78.

Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT) is up $0.27 (2.5%) to $10.99 on average volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Newcastle Investment Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.70-$11.09 after having opened the day at $10.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.72.

Newcastle Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment and finance company in the United States. Newcastle Investment Corporation has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Newcastle Investment Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newcastle Investment Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Newcastle Investment Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $1.15 (1.4%) to $83.48 on average volume Thus far, 496,127 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.38-$83.60 after having opened the day at $81.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.33.

Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $17.26 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.95-$17.28 after having opened the day at $17.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.15.

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 $12.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1699.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% 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 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 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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