5 Real Estate Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 19.4%, and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.5%.

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

5. W. P. Carey ( WPC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, W. P. Carey is up $0.63 (0.9%) to $69.79 on light volume. Thus far, 68,597 shares of W. P. Carey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 355,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.51-$69.91 after having opened the day at $69.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.16.

W. P. Carey Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. W. P. Carey has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates W. P. Carey a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W. P. Carey 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full W. P. Carey Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $1.70 (2.5%) to $68.46 on average volume. Thus far, 328,137 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 735,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.70-$68.95 after having opened the day at $67.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.76.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 140.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $45.68 on light volume. Thus far, 605,450 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.21-$45.86 after having opened the day at $45.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.33.

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 $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $0.82 (0.5%) to $163.36 on light volume. Thus far, 143,470 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 672,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $161.84-$163.60 after having opened the day at $162.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.54.

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 $28.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.1% 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 8 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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1. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $1.14 (1.0%) to $111.25 on light volume. Thus far, 277,594 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.88-$111.47 after having opened the day at $110.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.11.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Boston Properties 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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