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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