Real Estate Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 153 points (1.0%) at 15,456 as of Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,106 issues advancing vs. 846 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Caplease ( LSE), up 20.7%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 4.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 4.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 3.1% and CBRE Group ( CBG), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include National Retail Properties ( NNN), down 1.75, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 1.21, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 0.84 and Ventas ( VTR), down 0.60.

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

5. American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties is up $0.66 (3.99) to $17.20 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.07-$17.70 after having opened the day at $17.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.54.

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.30 (1.65) to $18.43 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.28-$18.51 after having opened the day at $18.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.13.

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 139.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.50 (1.58) to $32.24 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.97-$32.55 after having opened the day at $32.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.74.

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 $17.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.80 (0.98) to $82.52 on average volume Thus far, 896,353 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.30-$83.08 after having opened the day at $82.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.72.

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 $32.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 $1.69 (0.97) to $176.16 on average volume Thus far, 773,122 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 $175.72-$177.74 after having opened the day at $176.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $174.47.

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 $54.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% 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, expanding profit margins, 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 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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