3 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 81 points (-0.5%) at 16,092 as of Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,055 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Ventas ( VTR), up 2.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.8%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.0%, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 0.8% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 5.6%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.5% and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 0.8%.

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

3. Health Care REIT ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is up $0.74 (1.2%) to $62.43 on average volume. Thus far, 832,911 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.40-$62.43 after having opened the day at $61.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.69.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.18 (0.7%) to $170.66 on light volume. Thus far, 227,536 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 729,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $169.18-$171.12 after having opened the day at $169.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.48.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $29.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.55 (1.4%) to $41.08 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 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 $40.41-$41.19 after having opened the day at $40.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.53.

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 $18.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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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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