3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,236 as of Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,761 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 3.1%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.3%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.7%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), down 5.3%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.2%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.1%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.6% and Boston Properties ( BXP), down 0.5%.

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

3. American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties is up $0.24 (1.7%) to $14.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.0 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.35-$14.81 after having opened the day at $14.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.36.

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.40 (0.7%) to $62.34 on light volume. Thus far, 264,887 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.93-$62.47 after having opened the day at $61.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.94.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF) is up $0.78 (5.2%) to $15.66 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.7 million shares of Northstar Realty Finance Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.07-$15.88 after having opened the day at $15.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.88.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), operates as a commercial real estate (CRE) investment and asset management company in the United States. Northstar Realty Finance Corporation has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Northstar Realty Finance Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northstar Realty Finance Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Northstar Realty Finance 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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