5 Real Estate Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 5.7%, and Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.2%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 2.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.4%, Ventas ( VTR), down 1.3% and Prologis ( PLD), down 0.5%.

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

5. Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Residential Properties is up $0.52 (2.7%) to $19.99 on heavy volume. Thus far, 185,089 shares of Brookfield Residential Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 228,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.42-$20.24 after having opened the day at $19.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.47.

Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. operates as a land developer and homebuilder in North America. The company operates in three segments: California, Canada, and Central and Eastern U.S. It offers master-planned communities and infill developments. Brookfield Residential Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Brookfield Residential Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Residential Properties 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Brookfield Residential Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, First Industrial Realty ( FR) is up $0.39 (2.4%) to $17.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 601,379 shares of First Industrial Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 744,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.30-$17.09 after having opened the day at $16.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.61.

First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in industrial properties. The firm owns, manages, acquires, sells, develops, and redevelops industrial real estate. First Industrial Realty has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate First Industrial Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Industrial Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full First Industrial Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, W. P. Carey ( WPC) is up $2.39 (3.5%) to $70.20 on heavy volume. Thus far, 274,011 shares of W. P. Carey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 356,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.25-$72.19 after having opened the day at $69.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.81.

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 $4.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM) is up $0.06 (2.0%) to $2.98 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Chimera Investment Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.90-$2.98 after having opened the day at $2.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.92.

Chimera Investment Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. Chimera Investment Corporation has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Chimera Investment Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chimera Investment Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Chimera Investment Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, National Retail Properties ( NNN) is up $0.50 (1.4%) to $36.59 on light volume. Thus far, 477,351 shares of National Retail Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.88-$36.60 after having opened the day at $36.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.09.

National Retail Properties, Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm acquires, owns, manages, and develops retail properties in the United States. National Retail Properties has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate National Retail Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Retail Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full National Retail 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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