Real Estate Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN), up 27.5%, Liberty Property ( LRY), up 1.8%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.6% and Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 1.7%, and CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.5%.

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

5. Realty Income Corporation ( O) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation is up $0.43 (1.1%) to $38.64 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.15-$38.85 after having opened the day at $38.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.21.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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