Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 6.5%, St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 2.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.6%, Camden Property ( CPT), up 0.9% and UDR ( UDR), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Retail Properties of American ( RPAI), down 2.2%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.5%, Ventas ( VTR), down 1.1%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.0% and DDR ( DDR), down 1.0%.

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

5. Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Jones Lang LaSalle is up $1.18 (1.2%) to $98.90 on light volume. Thus far, 58,430 shares of Jones Lang LaSalle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 360,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.13-$98.95 after having opened the day at $97.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.72.

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, a financial and professional services firm, provides integrated real estate and investment management services to owner, occupier, investor, developer clients worldwide. Jones Lang LaSalle has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Jones Lang LaSalle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jones Lang LaSalle as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Jones Lang LaSalle Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG) is up $0.72 (0.8%) to $91.19 on light volume. Thus far, 127,456 shares of SL Green Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 655,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.84-$91.49 after having opened the day at $90.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.47.

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 $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 183.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate SL Green Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SL Green Realty Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations 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, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full SL Green Realty Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas ( ARCP) is up $0.24 (1.8%) to $13.35 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.28-$13.40 after having opened the day at $13.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.11.

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas 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 increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is up $0.26 (1.1%) to $24.50 on light volume. Thus far, 600,856 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.05-$24.53 after having opened the day at $24.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.24.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $0.68 (0.7%) to $100.17 on light volume. Thus far, 233,489 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 872,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.51-$100.26 after having opened the day at $99.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.49.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties 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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