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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4. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.38 (1.0%) to $38.48 on light volume. Thus far, 477,648 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.99-$38.54 after having opened the day at $38.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.09.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $39.06 on light volume. Thus far, 554,868 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.60-$39.13 after having opened the day at $38.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.83.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.21 (1.1%) to $18.64 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.45-$18.72 after having opened the day at $18.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.43.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.15 (0.5%) to $29.32 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.18-$29.40 after having opened the day at $29.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.17.

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 $17.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 3 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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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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