5 Stocks Driving The Real Estate Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 10.8%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.8%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), up 1.6%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.9% and Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), up 0.9%.

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

5. Equity Residential ( EQR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Equity Residential is up $0.42 (0.8%) to $54.26 on light volume. Thus far, 543,071 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.94-$54.56 after having opened the day at $54.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.84.

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 $19.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 414.1, above 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 Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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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4. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.46 (0.8%) to $56.05 on average volume. Thus far, 818,581 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.87-$56.37 after having opened the day at $55.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.59.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.19 (1.0%) to $19.61 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.45-$19.71 after having opened the day at $19.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.42.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 84.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.16 (0.8%) to $20.41 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.19-$20.46 after having opened the day at $20.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.25.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable 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, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.09 (0.9%) to $10.29 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.21-$10.33 after having opened the day at $10.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.20.

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 $9.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 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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