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 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 4.4%, Hersha Hospitality ( HT), up 4.2%, Zillow ( Z), up 1.5%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 1.3% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Campus Communities ( ACC), down 1.8%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.4%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 1.2%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.1% and UDR ( UDR), down 1.1%.

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

5. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ventas is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $62.84 on average volume. Thus far, 728,208 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.94-$62.90 after having opened the day at $62.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.48.

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 $18.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income 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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4. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $63.28 on light volume. Thus far, 619,758 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.70-$63.44 after having opened the day at $62.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.92.

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 $18.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.48 (1.7%) to $28.74 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.22-$28.75 after having opened the day at $28.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.26.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, 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 Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.10 (0.8%) to $12.17 on average volume. Thus far, 5.7 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.98-$12.20 after having opened the day at $12.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.07.

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 $11.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity 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 Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.37 (1.6%) to $24.08 on average volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.54-$24.20 after having opened the day at $23.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.71.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. 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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