3 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 202 points (-1.2%) at 16,120 as of Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 729 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.4%, Invesco Mortgage Capital ( IVR), up 1.2% and W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Diamondrock Hospitality Company ( DRH), down 2.8%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.6%, Zillow ( Z), down 2.6%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 2.1% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.5%.

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

3. BRE Properties ( BRE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, BRE Properties is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $62.15 on light volume. Thus far, 303,261 shares of BRE Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 979,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.41-$62.23 after having opened the day at $61.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.77.

BRE Properties Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It focuses on the development, acquisition, and management of multifamily apartment communities. BRE Properties Inc. BRE Properties has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate BRE Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRE Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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 BRE Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is up $0.91 (0.5%) to $168.16 on light volume. Thus far, 162,550 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 466,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $166.07-$168.53 after having opened the day at $166.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $167.25.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.06 (0.5%) to $11.24 on average volume. Thus far, 6.2 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.16-$11.32 after having opened the day at $11.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.18.

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 $10.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.1% 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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Annaly Capital Management 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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