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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3. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is up $0.16 (0.5%) to $34.39 on light volume. Thus far, 183,258 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 750,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.13-$34.44 after having opened the day at $34.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.23.

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 $21.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 and reasonable valuation levels. 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, Rayonier ( RYN) is up $0.41 (0.7%) to $56.20 on light volume. Thus far, 65,217 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 617,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.24-$56.28 after having opened the day at $55.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.79.

Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Rayonier Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is up $0.10 (0.2%) to $44.26 on light volume. Thus far, 139,532 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 848,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.93-$44.35 after having opened the day at $44.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.16.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Plum Creek Timber 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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