5 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 123 points (0.8%) at 15,622 as of Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 12:44 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,947 issues advancing vs. 1,011 declining with 90 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include American Tower ( AMT), up 2.2%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.8% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Medical Properties ( MPW), down 3.3%, Liberty Property ( LRY), down 2.4%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.9%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.3% and Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.1%.

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

5. Hospitality Properties ( HPT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Hospitality Properties is up $0.52 (1.8%) to $29.01 on average volume. Thus far, 604,019 shares of Hospitality Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.64-$29.12 after having opened the day at $28.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.49.

Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in buying, owning, and leasing hotels. Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hospitality Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hospitality Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Hospitality Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is up $0.93 (2.2%) to $42.98 on heavy volume. Thus far, 624,377 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 774,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.21-$43.31 after having opened the day at $42.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.05.

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $11.23 (15.2%) to $85.11 on heavy volume. Thus far, 717,268 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 693,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.11-$85.17 after having opened the day at $76.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.88.

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 $1.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 166.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is up $2.57 (5.5%) to $48.85 on average volume. Thus far, 676,623 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.70-$49.25 after having opened the day at $46.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.28.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 49.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.90 (1.2%) to $161.12 on average volume. Thus far, 426,084 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 678,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.81-$162.06 after having opened the day at $159.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.22.

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 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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 Public Storage 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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