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 14 points (0.1%) at 15,368 as of Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,885 issues advancing vs. 1,048 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 2.7%, Icahn ( IEP), up 0.8%, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 1.2%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.7% and Macerich Company ( MAC), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR), down 2.41, Hatteras Financial Corporation ( HTS), down 1.44 and MFA Financial ( MFA), down 1.27.

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

5. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ventas is up $0.85 (1.04) to $82.52 on average volume Thus far, 666,702 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.88-$82.58 after having opened the day at $82.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.67.

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 $23.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.2% 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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4. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $1.46 (1.05) to $140.15 on average volume Thus far, 464,001 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 854,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.57-$141.04 after having opened the day at $138.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.69.

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 $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 robust revenue growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.32 (0.59) to $54.70 on light volume Thus far, 547,939 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.31-$54.80 after having opened the day at $54.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.38.

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 $24.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $0.97 (0.86) to $113.40 on average volume Thus far, 491,195 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 $112.07-$113.50 after having opened the day at $112.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.43.

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 $16.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.24 (0.55) to $44.11 on light volume Thus far, 791,026 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.67-$44.17 after having opened the day at $43.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.87.

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 $21.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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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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