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 97 points (0.7%) at 14,670 as of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,756 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Liberty Property ( LRY), up 2.0%, DDR ( DDR), up 1.9%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.6%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.1% and Prologis ( PLD), up 0.9%.

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

5. Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Omega Healthcare Investors is up $0.67 (2.2%) to $31.49 on average volume Thus far, 837,619 shares of Omega Healthcare Investors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.02-$31.49 after having opened the day at $31.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.82.

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in healthcare facilities, principally long-term healthcare facilities in the United States. Omega Healthcare Investors has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Omega Healthcare Investors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omega Healthcare Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Omega Healthcare Investors Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is up $0.34 (0.9%) to $36.73 on light volume Thus far, 340,407 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.45-$36.80 after having opened the day at $36.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.39.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.31 (1.6%) to $20.28 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.00-$20.35 after having opened the day at $20.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.97.

General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.30 (0.5%) to $55.85 on light volume Thus far, 519,211 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.59-$56.11 after having opened the day at $55.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.55.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $19.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 59.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.92 (1.2%) to $78.67 on light volume Thus far, 867,825 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.68-$78.72 after having opened the day at $77.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.75.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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 American Tower 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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