5 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 15,029 as of Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:54 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,907 issues advancing vs. 994 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 4.7%, Dupont Fabros Technology ( DFT), up 4.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.5%, W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 1.6% and Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Macerich Company ( MAC), up 0.57.

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

5. CBRE Group ( CBG) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CBRE Group is up $0.29 (1.20) to $24.51 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.30-$24.58 after having opened the day at $24.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.22.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group 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 low profit margins. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty ( KIM) is up $0.19 (0.77) to $24.88 on light volume Thus far, 998,390 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.66-$24.94 after having opened the day at $24.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.69.

Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 81.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance 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 Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $1.59 (1.22) to $132.35 on light volume Thus far, 273,164 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 953,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $130.54-$132.67 after having opened the day at $130.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.76.

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 $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.46 (0.61) to $75.58 on average volume Thus far, 735,273 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.00-$75.82 after having opened the day at $75.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.12.

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 $19.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 $0.38 (1.22) to $31.42 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.96-$31.44 after having opened the day at $31.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.04.

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 $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.4, above 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 Monday. 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. 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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