Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 16,105 as of Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,755 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), up 3.8%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.5%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.1%, DDR ( DDR), up 1.2% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 6.6%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 3.5% and Ventas ( VTR), down 1.9%.

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

3. CommonWealth REIT ( CWH) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CommonWealth REIT is up $0.50 (1.9%) to $27.50 on light volume. Thus far, 345,712 shares of CommonWealth REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.72-$27.57 after having opened the day at $27.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.00.

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in office buildings, industrial buildings, and leased industrial land. CommonWealth REIT has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CommonWealth REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CommonWealth REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full CommonWealth REIT Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG) is up $0.62 (0.7%) to $96.64 on light volume. Thus far, 71,062 shares of SL Green Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 602,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.83-$96.64 after having opened the day at $95.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.02.

SL Green Realty Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm engages in the property management, acquisitions, financing, development, construction, and leasing. It also provides tenant services to its clients. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. SL Green Realty Corporation has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate SL Green Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SL Green Realty Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full SL Green Realty Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.37 (0.9%) to $41.85 on light volume. Thus far, 440,404 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.42-$41.87 after having opened the day at $41.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.48.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realty Income Corporation 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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