5 Stocks Raising 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 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 1.1%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 0.8% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was American Tower ( AMT), up 0.5%.

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

5. Macerich Company ( MAC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Macerich Company is up $0.34 (0.5%) to $64.16 on light volume Thus far, 281,739 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 773,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.48-$64.22 after having opened the day at $63.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.82.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.89 (1.2%) to $73.00 on average volume Thus far, 625,655 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.92-$73.06 after having opened the day at $72.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.11.

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 $21.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 $0.33 (0.7%) to $49.74 on average volume Thus far, 863,695 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.34-$49.80 after having opened the day at $49.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.41.

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 $22.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.0, 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 Wednesday. 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, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.45 (0.7%) to $67.61 on light volume Thus far, 515,441 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 $66.97-$67.72 after having opened the day at $67.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.16.

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 $17.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate 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, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.36 (1.2%) to $31.37 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.91-$31.42 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.01.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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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