4 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.5%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. E-House China Holdings ( EJ) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, E-House China Holdings is up $0.86 (7.3%) to $12.68 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.70-$12.90 after having opened the day at $11.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.82.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 182.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate E-House China Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full E-House China Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.56 (1.0%) to $57.82 on average volume. Thus far, 933,511 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.30-$57.82 after having opened the day at $57.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.26.

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 $16.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $53.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.27-$53.94 after having opened the day at $53.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.48.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 408.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.14 (1.4%) to $10.15 on average volume. Thus far, 8.8 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.04-$10.28 after having opened the day at $10.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.01.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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