5 Stocks Raising The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 80 points (0.5%) at 15,453 as of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,024 issues advancing vs. 894 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Duke Realty ( DRE), up 2.5%, Kilroy Realty Corporation ( KRC), up 2.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.1% and Digital Realty ( DLR), up 2.0%.

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

5. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is up $1.13 (0.7%) to $156.99 on average volume. Thus far, 285,229 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 706,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.61-$157.79 after having opened the day at $156.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.86.

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 $27.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF) is up $0.30 (2.1%) to $14.44 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Northstar Realty Finance Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.15-$14.46 after having opened the day at $14.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.14.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), operates as a commercial real estate (CRE) investment and asset management company in the United States. Northstar Realty Finance Corporation has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Northstar Realty Finance Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northstar Realty Finance Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Northstar Realty Finance Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.30 (1.4%) to $21.36 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.9 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.00-$21.66 after having opened the day at $21.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.06.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.61 (3.1%) to $20.41 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.00-$20.48 after having opened the day at $20.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.80.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 134.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $0.95 (0.6%) to $152.13 on average volume. Thus far, 560,184 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.41-$152.30 after having opened the day at $151.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.18.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $48.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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