1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.63 (-1.3%) to $46.65 on light volume. Thus far, 963,734 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.52-$47.45 after having opened the day at $47.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.28.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $21.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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