5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 1.8%, Douglas Emmett ( DEI), up 1.3%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.2% and Icahn ( IEP), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ventas ( VTR), down 1.1%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.8%, HCP ( HCP), down 0.7%, American Tower ( AMT), down 0.7% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.6%.

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

5. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is up $0.40 (1.1%) to $38.64 on light volume. Thus far, 225,045 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 794,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.38-$38.67 after having opened the day at $38.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.24.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $23.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is up $1.11 (3.9%) to $29.81 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.66-$31.16 after having opened the day at $30.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.70.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) is up $0.44 (2.7%) to $17.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of CBL & Associates Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.61-$17.14 after having opened the day at $16.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.57.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate CBL & Associates Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full CBL & Associates Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL) is up $1.08 (0.9%) to $119.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 281,098 shares of Jones Lang LaSalle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 333,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.76-$119.80 after having opened the day at $118.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.08.

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, a financial and professional services firm, provides integrated real estate and investment management services to owner, occupier, investor, developer clients worldwide. Jones Lang LaSalle has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Jones Lang LaSalle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jones Lang LaSalle as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Jones Lang LaSalle Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $3.33 (3.8%) to $90.84 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.75-$92.76 after having opened the day at $88.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.51.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Zillow a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Zillow 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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