5 Stocks Driving 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 147 points (1.0%) at 15,587 as of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,311 issues advancing vs. 626 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 2.9%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.2%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.3%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.0% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.0%, and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.5%.

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

5. Macerich Company ( MAC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Macerich Company is up $0.83 (1.4%) to $58.32 on light volume. Thus far, 237,390 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 910,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.55-$58.45 after having opened the day at $57.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.49.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is up $0.53 (1.2%) to $45.90 on average volume. Thus far, 537,013 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.98-$46.08 after having opened the day at $45.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.37.

Realogy Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides real estate and relocation services in the United States and internationally. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.92 (1.0%) to $92.07 on light volume. Thus far, 263,902 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 800,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.04-$92.35 after having opened the day at $91.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.15.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Vornado Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.48 (1.2%) to $39.60 on light volume. Thus far, 784,856 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.00-$39.68 after having opened the day at $39.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.12.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.44 (0.8%) to $56.22 on average volume. Thus far, 983,516 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.65-$56.41 after having opened the day at $55.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.78.

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 $20.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 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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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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