Today's Top Performers In Real Estate

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 117 points (-0.7%) at 16,295 as of Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,136 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 2.4%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), up 2.3%, Ventas ( VTR), up 2.2%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.8% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 8.5%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 3.2%, Icahn ( IEP), down 2.4%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 2.4% and Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2.3%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, HCP is up $0.83 (2.1%) to $40.30 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.47-$40.32 after having opened the day at $39.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.47.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $1.28 (1.0%) to $134.71 on light volume. Thus far, 334,595 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 961,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.31-$134.94 after having opened the day at $133.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.43.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $17.1 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 8 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.20 (1.0%) to $20.72 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.46-$20.79 after having opened the day at $20.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.52.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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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