3 Real Estate Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 2.6%, Regency Centers Corporation ( REG), up 2.4%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.8%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), up 1.6% and Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 2.7%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 1.8% and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. National Retail Properties ( NNN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, National Retail Properties is up $0.50 (1.5%) to $34.06 on average volume. Thus far, 445,998 shares of National Retail Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 991,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.36-$34.20 after having opened the day at $33.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.56.

National Retail Properties, Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm acquires, owns, manages, and develops retail properties in the United States. National Retail Properties has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate National Retail Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $0.82 (0.7%) to $110.95 on light volume. Thus far, 235,576 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 860,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.47-$111.04 after having opened the day at $109.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.13.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $0.97 (0.6%) to $158.91 on light volume. Thus far, 417,078 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.13-$159.08 after having opened the day at $157.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $157.94.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $49.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share 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 Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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