3 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,439 as of Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,695 issues advancing vs. 1,308 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 3.1%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.4%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.1% and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.5%.

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

3. American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency is up $0.22 (1.0%) to $22.10 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 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 $21.84-$22.12 after having opened the day at $21.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.88.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.4% 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $57.88 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.34-$58.00 after having opened the day at $57.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.50.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $7.00 (7.3%) to $102.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.52-$102.87 after having opened the day at $95.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.75.

Zillow, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company owns and operates Zillow.com. Zillow has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity. Get the full Zillow 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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