4 Stocks Boosting 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 down 10 points (-0.1%) at 15,618 as of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,354 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 2.3%, HCP ( HCP), up 2.1%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.3%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.3% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Liberty Property ( LRY), down 2.2%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.0%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 0.9%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 0.9% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Forest City ( FCE.A) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Forest City is up $0.46 (2.6%) to $18.24 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Forest City exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.78-$18.25 after having opened the day at $17.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.78.

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. engages in the ownership, development, management, and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Forest City has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Forest City as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Forest City Ratings Report now.

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