5 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,311 as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,760 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 2.5%, Retail Properties of American Inc Class A ( RPAI), up 1.2%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.6% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.5%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 1.1%, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 1.0%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.8% and Duke Realty ( DRE), down 0.7%.

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

5. Howard Hughes ( HHC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Howard Hughes is up $3.43 (3.1%) to $113.28 on average volume. Thus far, 60,503 shares of Howard Hughes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 131,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.87-$113.45 after having opened the day at $110.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.85.

The Howard Hughes Corporation is a real estate investment and development company, engaging in managing, developing, and leasing commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate. The firm invests in retail, commercial, and industrial buildings in United States. Howard Hughes has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 48.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Howard Hughes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Howard Hughes as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Howard Hughes Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $46.08 on light volume. Thus far, 253,553 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 711,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.78-$46.39 after having opened the day at $45.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.76.

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) is up $0.20 (0.9%) to $23.36 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Senior Housing Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.18-$23.55 after having opened the day at $23.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.15.

Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Senior Housing Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Senior Housing Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is up $0.09 (0.9%) to $9.63 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.54-$9.66 after having opened the day at $9.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.54.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $40.13 on average volume. Thus far, 815,589 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.86-$40.33 after having opened the day at $40.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.91.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Corporation 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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