5 Stocks Moving The Real Estate Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 136 points (0.9%) at 15,938 as of Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,190 issues advancing vs. 719 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 2.0%, UDR ( UDR), up 1.5%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.4%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.2% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 1.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Ventas ( VTR), up 0.7%.

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

5. CBRE Group ( CBG) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CBRE Group is up $0.25 (0.9%) to $26.57 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.29-$26.57 after having opened the day at $26.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.32.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance 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 CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.86 (0.9%) to $94.85 on light volume. Thus far, 195,984 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 810,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.52-$94.87 after having opened the day at $93.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.99.

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 $17.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.40 (1.0%) to $40.74 on light volume. Thus far, 647,333 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.09-$40.74 after having opened the day at $40.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.34.

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 $19.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $57.98 on light volume. Thus far, 486,021 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 $57.38-$57.98 after having opened the day at $57.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.60.

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 $20.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.35 (1.7%) to $21.18 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 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 $20.89-$21.19 after having opened the day at $20.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.83.

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 $18.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.7% 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced 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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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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