5 Stocks Driving The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.6%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), up 0.9% and Ventas ( VTR), up 0.8%.

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

5. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is up $0.12 (0.6%) to $21.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.19-$21.52 after having opened the day at $21.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.14.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 138.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $1.09 (1.1%) to $101.82 on light volume. Thus far, 272,480 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 863,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.48-$101.84 after having opened the day at $100.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.73.

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 $15.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.5% 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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3. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is up $0.87 (1.8%) to $48.03 on light volume. Thus far, 597,529 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.88-$48.10 after having opened the day at $47.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.16.

Realogy Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides real estate and relocation services in the United States and internationally. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.21 (0.7%) to $30.03 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.82-$30.08 after having opened the day at $29.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.82.

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 $17.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.16 (0.8%) to $19.44 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.12-$19.54 after having opened the day at $19.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.28.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 33.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full American Capital Agency 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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