5 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 55 points (-0.4%) at 14,948 as of Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 846 issues advancing vs. 2,101 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Zillow ( Z), up 3.9%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.3% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Home Loan Servicing Solutions ( HLSS), down 2.6%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.4%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.9% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.7%.

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

5. Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions is up $4.54 (3.7%) to $126.15 on heavy volume. Thus far, 129,391 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 142,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $121.56-$127.92 after having opened the day at $121.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.61.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides services related to real estate and mortgage portfolio management, asset recovery, and customer relationship management in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 40.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) is up $0.19 (1.0%) to $19.88 on average volume. Thus far, 703,524 shares of CBL & Associates Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.37-$19.90 after having opened the day at $19.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.69.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CBL & Associates Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full CBL & Associates Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI) is up $0.64 (2.2%) to $29.62 on average volume. Thus far, 678,927 shares of Omega Healthcare Investors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.34-$29.83 after having opened the day at $28.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.99.

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in healthcare facilities, principally long-term healthcare facilities in the United States. Omega Healthcare Investors has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Omega Healthcare Investors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omega Healthcare Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Omega Healthcare Investors Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.79 (1.3%) to $61.12 on average volume. Thus far, 751,468 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.23-$61.12 after having opened the day at $60.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.33.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.85 (1.4%) to $60.86 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.35-$61.00 after having opened the day at $59.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.01.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT 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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