4 Stocks Driving The Real Estate Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 61 points (0.4%) at 15,361 as of Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,640 issues advancing vs. 1,247 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 2.5%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 2.0% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.2%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), down 1.2% and American Tower ( AMT), down 0.9%.

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

4. American Campus Communities ( ACC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Campus Communities is up $0.48 (1.4%) to $35.99 on average volume. Thus far, 354,176 shares of American Campus Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 802,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.35-$36.05 after having opened the day at $35.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.51.

American Campus Communities, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily engages in developing, owning, and managing high-quality student housing communities. American Campus Communities has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate American Campus Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Campus Communities as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full American Campus Communities Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is up $0.61 (0.6%) to $100.43 on light volume. Thus far, 125,212 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 437,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.64-$100.80 after having opened the day at $99.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.82.

Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.32 (1.7%) to $19.68 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.33-$19.86 after having opened the day at $19.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.36.

Real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, development, expansion and financing of regional mall shopping centers in the United States. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG) is up $0.74 (0.8%) to $89.96 on light volume. Thus far, 194,209 shares of SL Green Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 766,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.95-$90.18 after having opened the day at $89.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.22.

SL Green Realty Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm engages in the property management, acquisitions, financing, development, construction, and leasing. It also provides tenant services to its clients. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. SL Green Realty Corporation has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate SL Green Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SL Green Realty Corporation as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full SL Green Realty 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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