5 Stocks Raising The Real Estate Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), up 0.9%, Liberty Property ( LRY), up 0.8% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.4%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.4%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.7% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.6%.

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

5. Duke Realty ( DRE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Duke Realty is up $0.10 (0.6%) to $17.43 on light volume. Thus far, 640,619 shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.23-$17.45 after having opened the day at $17.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.33.

Duke Realty Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It offers leasing, property and asset management, development, construction, build-to-suit, and other tenant-related services. Duke Realty has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Duke Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Duke Realty Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE) is up $0.64 (0.9%) to $71.00 on average volume. Thus far, 257,029 shares of Alexandria Real Estate Equities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 684,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.07-$71.14 after having opened the day at $70.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.36.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, development, acquisition, and redevelopment of properties for the life sciences industry. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Alexandria Real Estate Equities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alexandria Real Estate Equities as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Alexandria Real Estate Equities Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Starwood Property ( STWD) is up $0.60 (2.4%) to $25.85 on light volume. Thus far, 832,043 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.24-$25.93 after having opened the day at $25.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.25.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. engages in originating, investing in, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Starwood Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is up $0.15 (0.6%) to $24.35 on light volume. Thus far, 633,153 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.20-$24.46 after having opened the day at $24.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.20.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.19 (0.9%) to $21.63 on light volume. Thus far, 827,325 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.40-$21.67 after having opened the day at $21.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.44.

General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full General Growth 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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