5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 112 points (-0.7%) at 15,897 as of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 970 issues advancing vs. 1,886 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 3.4%, BRE Properties ( BRE), up 2.9%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.6%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 1.8% and Regency Centers Corporation ( REG), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Digital Realty ( DLR), down 4.2%, CubeSmart ( CUBE), down 3.0% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.3%.

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

5. Essex Property ( ESS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Essex Property is up $2.01 (1.3%) to $154.29 on light volume. Thus far, 76,562 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 212,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $151.52-$154.76 after having opened the day at $151.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.28.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is up $0.23 (1.0%) to $23.71 on light volume. Thus far, 346,206 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.20-$23.71 after having opened the day at $23.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.48.

UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate UDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full UDR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Camden Property ( CPT) is up $0.72 (1.2%) to $58.85 on light volume. Thus far, 155,937 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 596,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.98-$58.91 after having opened the day at $58.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.13.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is up $0.73 (0.7%) to $103.87 on light volume. Thus far, 110,142 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 392,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.78-$104.09 after having opened the day at $103.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.14.

Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $1.27 (1.4%) to $89.19 on average volume. Thus far, 400,409 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 755,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.94-$89.49 after having opened the day at $87.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.92.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 77.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 Vornado Realty 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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