Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 15,482 as of Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.7%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.2%, Prologis ( PLD), up 0.9% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.6%.

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

5. Kimco Realty ( KIM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty is up $0.20 (0.9%) to $22.54 on light volume. Thus far, 532,044 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.29-$22.60 after having opened the day at $22.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.34.

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 $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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4. As of noon trading, Macerich Company ( MAC) is up $0.67 (1.1%) to $64.45 on light volume. Thus far, 330,313 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.35-$64.60 after having opened the day at $63.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.78.

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 $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income 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 Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $0.99 (0.6%) to $160.07 on light volume. Thus far, 110,585 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 685,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.44-$160.21 after having opened the day at $159.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.08.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $27.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.18 (1.5%) to $12.00 on light volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.66-$12.01 after having opened the day at $11.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.82.

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 $11.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.28 (1.3%) to $22.18 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.81-$22.25 after having opened the day at $21.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.90.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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).
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