Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 87 points (-0.6%) at 14,874 as of Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,603 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.38. Top gainers within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.2%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 2.3%, Weingarten Realty Investors ( WRI), up 1.6%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.1% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Prologis ( PLD), down 0.64, and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 0.67.

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

5. DDR ( DDR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, DDR is up $0.20 (1.21) to $17.14 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.88-$17.19 after having opened the day at $16.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.93.

DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full DDR Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty ( KIM) is up $0.12 (0.56) to $21.47 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.21-$21.59 after having opened the day at $21.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.35.

Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 72.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.60 (1.37) to $44.33 on average volume Thus far, 888,422 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.50-$44.50 after having opened the day at $43.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.73.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 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 Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macerich Company ( MAC) is up $0.67 (1.09) to $62.28 on average volume Thus far, 641,591 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.42-$62.61 after having opened the day at $61.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.61.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $1.27 (1.67) to $77.14 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million 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 $75.79-$77.57 after having opened the day at $75.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.87.

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 $30.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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 American Tower 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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