5 Real Estate Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 79 points (0.5%) at 15,295 as of Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,703 issues advancing vs. 1,237 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 1.9%, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), up 1.8%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.4%, Public Storage ( PSA), up 1.3% and Ventas ( VTR), up 1.2%.

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 $0.74 (1.38) to $54.05 on light volume Thus far, 385,964 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 $53.09-$54.07 after having opened the day at $53.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.31.

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 $10.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, good cash flow from operations, 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 $0.63 (1.18) to $54.09 on light volume Thus far, 683,695 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.14-$54.10 after having opened the day at $53.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.46.

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 $23.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $0.56 (0.51) to $111.06 on light volume Thus far, 397,203 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 $110.22-$111.06 after having opened the day at $110.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.50.

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 $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.48 (1.11) to $43.85 on light volume Thus far, 902,672 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.12-$43.86 after having opened the day at $43.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.37.

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 $21.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.77 (1.01) to $76.77 on average volume Thus far, 776,061 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.60-$76.78 after having opened the day at $76.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.00.

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 $19.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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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