5 Stocks Moving The Real Estate Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.6%, and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 4.3%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 3.9%, Icahn ( IEP), down 3.6%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 2.1% and HCP ( HCP), down 1.2%.

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

5. W. P. Carey ( WPC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, W. P. Carey is up $1.04 (1.8%) to $59.79 on heavy volume. Thus far, 966,775 shares of W. P. Carey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 385,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.35-$60.33 after having opened the day at $59.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.75.

W. P. Carey Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. W. P. Carey has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate W. P. Carey a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W. P. Carey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full W. P. Carey Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is up $0.47 (1.9%) to $24.68 on average volume. Thus far, 967,271 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.21-$24.68 after having opened the day at $24.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.21.

UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate UDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full UDR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is up $1.21 (1.1%) to $109.71 on average volume. Thus far, 293,826 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 454,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.93-$109.89 after having opened the day at $108.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.50.

Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is up $2.34 (1.5%) to $161.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 342,194 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 406,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $159.19-$161.95 after having opened the day at $159.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.41.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.92 (0.7%) to $125.88 on average volume. Thus far, 564,453 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 896,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.24-$125.98 after having opened the day at $124.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.96.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full AvalonBay Communities 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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