3 Stocks Improving Performance Of 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 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 5.1%, Kennedy-Wilson Holdings ( KW), up 2.4%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 2.3%, KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN), up 1.3% and LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Dupont Fabros Technology ( DFT), down 3.6%, Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), down 2.1%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), down 2.1%, Healthcare Trust of America ( HTA), down 1.9% and CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 1.9%.

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

3. Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $43.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.88-$43.78 after having opened the day at $43.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.45.

Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.32 (0.5%) to $60.89 on light volume. Thus far, 451,241 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.38-$60.91 after having opened the day at $60.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.57.

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 $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) is up $0.52 (1.3%) to $39.70 on light volume. Thus far, 610,769 shares of Ocwen Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.22-$39.92 after having opened the day at $39.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.18.

Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial Corporation has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Ocwen Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocwen Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Ocwen Financial 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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