Real Estate Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 15,776 as of Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,409 issues advancing vs. 1,532 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV), up 1.5%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.1%, Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.1%, Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.7% and Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 1.4%.

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

5. DDR ( DDR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, DDR is up $0.19 (1.2%) to $15.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.54-$15.77 after having opened the day at $15.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.56.

DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full DDR Ratings Report now.

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