5 Real Estate Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 98 points (-0.7%) at 14,507 as of Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,009 issues advancing vs. 1,921 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. A company within the industry that increased today was Icahn ( IEP), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Duke Realty ( DRE), down 1.9%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.8%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.5%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 1.4% and Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 1.3%.

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

5. Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions is up $1.76 (2.5%) to $72.68 on average volume Thus far, 143,769 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 235,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.48-$73.26 after having opened the day at $70.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.93.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides services related to real estate and mortgage portfolio management, asset recovery, and customer relationship management in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, American Campus Communities ( ACC) is up $0.76 (1.6%) to $46.90 on average volume Thus far, 319,763 shares of American Campus Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 627,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.78-$46.92 after having opened the day at $45.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.14.

American Campus Communities, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily engages in developing, owning, and managing high-quality student housing communities. American Campus Communities has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 74.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Campus Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Campus Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full American Campus Communities Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Camden Property ( CPT) is up $0.80 (1.1%) to $71.67 on heavy volume Thus far, 471,205 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 539,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.01-$71.99 after having opened the day at $70.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.87.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Camden Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, 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 Camden Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $0.53 (0.8%) to $68.09 on light volume Thus far, 476,204 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.91-$68.36 after having opened the day at $67.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.56.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.12 (0.7%) to $164.72 on average volume Thus far, 563,136 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $162.39-$164.79 after having opened the day at $162.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $163.60.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $50.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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