Today's Stocks Driving Success For 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 92 points (0.6%) at 15,993 as of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,118 issues advancing vs. 784 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.6%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.2%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 2.1%, Douglas Emmett ( DEI), up 1.9% and LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 1.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Forestar Group ( FOR), up 6.4%.

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 $0.44 (0.7%) to $59.61 on light volume. Thus far, 415,891 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.04-$59.71 after having opened the day at $59.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.17.

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 $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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