3 Stocks Raising The Real Estate Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 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 E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 4.0%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.4%, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO), up 1.7%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.5% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 2.4%.

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

3. American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency is up $0.29 (1.3%) to $22.33 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.93-$22.33 after having opened the day at $22.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.04.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.12 (1.1%) to $10.92 on light volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.76-$10.94 after having opened the day at $10.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.80.

Annaly Mortgage Management, Inc. is a self-advised, self-managed real estate investment trust. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.42 (1.9%) to $22.34 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.98-$22.34 after having opened the day at $21.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.92.

Real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, development, expansion and financing of regional mall shopping centers in the United States. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 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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