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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