5 Stocks Moving The Real Estate Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 52 points (0.3%) at 15,523 as of Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,945 issues advancing vs. 956 declining with 122 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Redwood ( RWT), up 11.2%, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 6.1%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.8% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Walker & Dunlop ( WD), down 12.4%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 3.2%, Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), down 2.6%, Prologis ( PLD), down 0.9% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.9%.

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

5. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is up $0.28 (0.8%) to $36.98 on light volume. Thus far, 282,285 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 771,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.68-$37.10 after having opened the day at $37.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.70.

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 $22.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $3.88 (4.6%) to $87.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 834,974 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 666,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.01-$90.50 after having opened the day at $84.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.73.

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 $2.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 201.7% 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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3. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is up $0.16 (1.6%) to $9.83 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.64-$9.84 after having opened the day at $9.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.67.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.33 (2.8%) to $11.97 on average volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.65-$12.00 after having opened the day at $11.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.64.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.35 (1.5%) to $23.06 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.75-$23.09 after having opened the day at $22.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.71.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full American Capital Agency 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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