5 Stocks Driving The Real Estate Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 2.1%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), up 1.8%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.6%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.4% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 2.97, and Two Harbors Investment ( TWO), down 1.74.

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

5. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is up $0.95 (0.58) to $165.22 on light volume Thus far, 149,595 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 622,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $163.51-$165.34 after having opened the day at $164.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $164.27.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $28.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage 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, increase in net income, revenue growth 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 Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.42 (0.73) to $58.13 on average volume Thus far, 725,229 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.40-$58.15 after having opened the day at $57.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.71.

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 $20.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 104.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.64 (0.81) to $79.91 on light volume Thus far, 408,958 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.18-$79.99 after having opened the day at $79.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.27.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $23.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.45 (0.54) to $83.55 on light volume Thus far, 819,519 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.99-$83.88 after having opened the day at $83.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.10.

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 $33.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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, solid stock price performance 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 American Tower Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.04 (0.58) to $180.41 on light volume Thus far, 343,531 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 $179.10-$180.48 after having opened the day at $179.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.37.

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 $55.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 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, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins 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 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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