5 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 15,208 as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,093 issues advancing vs. 1,832 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.17 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.24. Top gainers within the industry include Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT), up 4.9%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.9%, Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), up 1.7% and Forest City ( FCE.A), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ryman Hospitality Properties ( RHP), down 6.19, American Campus Communities ( ACC), down 3.75, Douglas Emmett ( DEI), down 2.32, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 2.04 and Duke Realty ( DRE), down 1.99.

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

5. Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment is up $0.41 (3.78) to $11.20 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.75-$11.27 after having opened the day at $10.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.79.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $0.91 (0.84) to $109.40 on light volume Thus far, 407,575 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.56-$109.66 after having opened the day at $108.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.49.

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 $16.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.85 (0.63) to $136.09 on average volume Thus far, 489,228 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 939,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.87-$136.37 after having opened the day at $135.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $135.24.

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 $17.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% 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 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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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.13 (0.96) to $13.63 on average volume Thus far, 6.9 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.35-$13.73 after having opened the day at $13.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.50.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.51 (2.00) to $25.94 on average volume Thus far, 4.2 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.23-$26.02 after having opened the day at $25.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.43.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Capital Agency 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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