5 Stocks Pushing 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 100 points (0.7%) at 14,812 as of Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,173 issues advancing vs. 733 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.8%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.8%, Duke Realty ( DRE), up 1.5%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.5% and CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 20.36, and Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.39.

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

5. Boston Properties ( BXP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Boston Properties is up $1.17 (1.09) to $108.94 on light volume Thus far, 331,105 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.68-$109.05 after having opened the day at $107.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.77.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.60 (0.82) to $74.07 on light volume Thus far, 426,345 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 $73.51-$74.11 after having opened the day at $73.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.47.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 75.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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3. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.26 (1.66) to $15.93 on average volume Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.71-$15.95 after having opened the day at $15.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.67.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.54 (0.41) to $130.76 on light volume Thus far, 122,158 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.84-$130.98 after having opened the day at $130.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.22.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, 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 AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.26 (0.79) to $33.05 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.71-$33.07 after having opened the day at $32.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.79.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Agency 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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