Today's Stocks Driving Success For 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 115 points (0.7%) at 16,388 as of Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,987 issues advancing vs. 938 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 7.0%, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 2.2%, Public Storage ( PSA), up 1.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.9% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 2.0%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 1.9%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 0.7% and Ventas ( VTR), 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 $0.53 (1.5%) to $35.84 on average volume. Thus far, 488,314 shares of National Retail Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.24-$35.85 after having opened the day at $35.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.31.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income 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, Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is up $0.70 (1.5%) to $48.72 on light volume. Thus far, 246,470 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 836,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.00-$48.80 after having opened the day at $48.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.02.

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.96 (1.0%) to $95.75 on light volume. Thus far, 215,868 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 864,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.62-$95.77 after having opened the day at $94.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.79.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Vornado Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Vornado Realty 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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