5 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 71 points (-0.4%) at 16,411 as of Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,418 issues advancing vs. 1,488 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.0%, Ventas ( VTR), up 0.9% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 3.5%, Retail Properties of American ( RPAI), down 2.0%, Prologis ( PLD), down 0.9% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 0.7%.

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

5. Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Blackstone Mortgage is up $2.47 (9.8%) to $27.57 on light volume. Thus far, 111,507 shares of Blackstone Mortgage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 367,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.57-$27.98 after having opened the day at $27.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.10.

Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate finance company, primarily focuses on originating mortgage loans backed by commercial real estate assets. Blackstone Mortgage has a market cap of $808.1 million and is part of the financial sector. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Blackstone Mortgage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Mortgage as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Blackstone Mortgage Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is up $1.77 (1.0%) to $179.73 on light volume. Thus far, 23,145 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 123,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $176.99-$180.00 after having opened the day at $177.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $177.96.

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 229.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group as a buy. 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, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) is up $0.14 (0.8%) to $18.82 on average volume. Thus far, 628,883 shares of Brookfield Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.80-$18.91 after having opened the day at $18.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.68.

Brookfield Properties Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the ownership, development, and management of premier commercial properties. It also provides ancillary real estate service businesses, such as tenant service and amenities. Brookfield Office Properties has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive 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, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Brookfield Office Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $1.70 (1.9%) to $90.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 859,803 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.19-$93.07 after having opened the day at $88.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.74.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Zillow a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $0.90 (0.6%) to $155.94 on light volume. Thus far, 153,310 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 692,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.05-$156.21 after having opened the day at $155.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.04.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Public Storage 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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