5 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 115 points (0.8%) at 14,816 as of Thursday, May 2, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,190 issues advancing vs. 733 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT), up 5.2%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 3.6%, Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 2.1%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), up 1.8% and Starwood Property ( STWD), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 2.15, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.51, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.01, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 0.65 and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 0.58.

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

5. Realty Income Corporation ( O) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation is up $0.45 (0.89) to $51.06 on light volume Thus far, 400,605 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.61-$51.24 after having opened the day at $50.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.61.

Realty Income Corporation engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial retail real estate properties in the United States. The company leases its retail properties primarily to regional and national retail chain store operators. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.32 (0.60) to $53.10 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.59-$53.24 after having opened the day at $52.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.78.

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 $24.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% 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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3. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.32 (0.76) to $42.23 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.89-$42.31 after having opened the day at $41.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.91.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.10 (0.55) to $18.33 on average volume Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.14-$18.43 after having opened the day at $18.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.23.

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 $13.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1827.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.62 (0.92) to $178.19 on light volume Thus far, 353,129 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $176.32-$178.74 after having opened the day at $177.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.57.

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 $55.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, solid stock price performance, 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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