3 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 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 5.6%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), up 2.4%, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 1.9%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), up 1.4% and DDR ( DDR), up 1.4%.

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

3. Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts is up $0.18 (0.9%) to $19.80 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.57-$19.82 after having opened the day at $19.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.62.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.14 (1.2%) to $10.92 on light volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.79-$10.94 after having opened the day at $10.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.78.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 $0.15 (0.7%) to $22.56 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.30-$22.60 after having opened the day at $22.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.41.

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 $20.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.7% 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, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. 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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