4 Stocks Improving Performance Of 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 63 points (0.4%) at 14,888 as of Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,979 issues advancing vs. 942 declining with 102 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Zillow ( Z), up 6.4%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.8%, American Tower ( AMT), up 0.4%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 0.5% and Realty Income Corporation ( O), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include HCP ( HCP), down 0.8%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 0.4%, Prologis ( PLD), down 0.1% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 0.3%.

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

4. Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Residential Properties is up $0.22 (1.1%) to $19.87 on average volume. Thus far, 84,207 shares of Brookfield Residential Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 203,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.51-$20.08 after having opened the day at $19.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.65.

Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. operates as a land developer and homebuilder in North America. The company operates in three segments: California, Canada, and Central and Eastern U.S. It offers master-planned communities and infill developments. Brookfield Residential Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Brookfield Residential Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Residential Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Brookfield Residential Properties Ratings Report now.

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