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 65 points (-0.4%) at 15,111 as of Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.25. Top gainers within the industry include Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 7.5%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 5.0%, Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), up 3.2%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.9% and SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 0.74, and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.71.

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

5. Realty Income Corporation ( O) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation is up $1.04 (2.35) to $45.14 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.04-$45.43 after having opened the day at $44.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.10.

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 53.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.42 (0.52) to $82.94 on average volume Thus far, 592,901 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 971,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.85-$83.85 after having opened the day at $82.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.51.

Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 100.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $0.69 (1.16) to $60.31 on average volume Thus far, 690,613 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.50-$60.87 after having opened the day at $59.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.62.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.64 (0.92) to $70.14 on average volume Thus far, 737,492 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.39-$71.18 after having opened the day at $69.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.50.

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 $20.1 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 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.97 (1.27) to $77.45 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.19-$78.35 after having opened the day at $76.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.48.

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 $29.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 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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