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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3. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is up $0.43 (1.2%) to $37.18 on light volume. Thus far, 260,991 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 827,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.71-$37.39 after having opened the day at $36.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.75.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, National Retail Properties ( NNN) is up $0.73 (2.1%) to $34.82 on light volume. Thus far, 355,382 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 $34.09-$34.82 after having opened the day at $34.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.09.

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 $4.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.3% 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 increase in stock price during the past year, 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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1. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.33 (0.8%) to $43.15 on light volume. Thus far, 483,781 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 $42.84-$43.35 after having opened the day at $42.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.82.

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 $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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