3 Stocks Moving The Real Estate Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 86 points (-0.5%) at 16,084 as of Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,014 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.1%, and American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 4.5%, Zillow ( Z), down 3.6%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 1.8%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.7% and Liberty Property ( LPT), down 1.5%.

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

3. Boston Properties ( BXP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Boston Properties is up $0.96 (0.8%) to $115.41 on average volume. Thus far, 555,639 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 799,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.86-$116.00 after having opened the day at $113.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.45.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $17.8 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 9 analysts who rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.15 (0.7%) to $22.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.22-$22.54 after having opened the day at $22.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.33.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.10 (0.9%) to $11.48 on average volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.35-$11.49 after having opened the day at $11.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.38.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. 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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