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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