5 Real Estate Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.8%, and Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.8%, and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.0%.

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

5. Kilroy Realty Corporation ( KRC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kilroy Realty Corporation is up $0.72 (1.4%) to $50.54 on average volume. Thus far, 302,528 shares of Kilroy Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 563,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.95-$50.84 after having opened the day at $49.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.82.

Kilroy Realty Corporation is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, development, and management of properties. It invests in the real estate markets of Southern California. Kilroy Realty Corporation has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kilroy Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kilroy Realty 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 find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Kilroy Realty Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is up $1.49 (1.0%) to $147.00 on average volume. Thus far, 130,349 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 271,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $145.50-$147.62 after having opened the day at $145.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $145.51.

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 $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 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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3. As of noon trading, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG) is up $0.66 (0.7%) to $90.83 on average volume. Thus far, 274,601 shares of SL Green Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 672,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.70-$91.19 after having opened the day at $90.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.17.

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 $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 179.1, 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate SL Green Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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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2. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $47.53 on light volume. Thus far, 552,799 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.97-$48.19 after having opened the day at $47.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.03.

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 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.74 (1.0%) to $77.13 on light volume. Thus far, 794,509 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.35-$77.24 after having opened the day at $77.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.39.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $30.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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