5 Real Estate Stocks On The Rise

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 153 points (1.0%) at 15,063 as of Monday, July 1, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,343 issues advancing vs. 631 declining with 69 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Brandywine Realty ( BDN), up 2.4%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 2.2%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 2.0%, Equity Lifestyle Properties ( ELS), up 1.3% and CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 1.7%, Icahn ( IEP), down 0.1%, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 0.8%, DDR ( DDR), down 0.6% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.2%.

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

5. Camden Property ( CPT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Camden Property is up $0.60 (0.9%) to $69.74 on light volume. Thus far, 178,960 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 617,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.94-$70.01 after having opened the day at $69.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.14.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is up $1.00 (2.7%) to $38.44 on light volume. Thus far, 366,644 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.62-$38.65 after having opened the day at $37.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.44.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is up $1.46 (0.9%) to $160.38 on light volume. Thus far, 56,418 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 282,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.32-$161.30 after having opened the day at $160.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $158.92.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.20 (1.2%) to $17.07 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.89-$17.10 after having opened the day at $17.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.87.

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 $12.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 130.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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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1. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $1.78 (1.3%) to $136.68 on average volume. Thus far, 356,229 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 909,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.81-$137.46 after having opened the day at $134.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.91.

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 $17.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 66.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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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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).

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