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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4. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.47 (0.8%) to $62.41 on light volume. Thus far, 317,436 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.85-$62.41 after having opened the day at $62.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.94.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $18.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $0.88 (0.6%) to $161.12 on light volume. Thus far, 207,343 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 706,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $159.70-$161.24 after having opened the day at $160.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.25.

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 $27.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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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2. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.99 (0.8%) to $128.80 on average volume. Thus far, 376,208 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 914,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $127.67-$128.99 after having opened the day at $128.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $127.81.

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 $16.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $80.86 on average volume. Thus far, 926,233 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.40-$81.17 after having opened the day at $80.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.38.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $31.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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