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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