Real Estate Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 83 points (-0.5%) at 16,448 as of Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,223 issues advancing vs. 1,760 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), down 7.2%, Redwood ( RWT), down 3.7%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 2.6%, Liberty Property ( LPT), down 1.9% and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 1.8%.

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

3. Retail Properties of America ( RPAI) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Retail Properties of America is up $0.13 (0.9%) to $14.47 on light volume. Thus far, 503,284 shares of Retail Properties of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.30-$14.60 after having opened the day at $14.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.34.

Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development and management of properties. The trust invests in the real estate markets of United States. Retail Properties of America has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Retail Properties of America a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

2. As of noon trading, Hospitality Properties ( HPT) is up $0.39 (1.3%) to $30.11 on light volume. Thus far, 228,262 shares of Hospitality Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 848,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.71-$30.28 after having opened the day at $29.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.72.

Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in buying, owning, and leasing hotels. Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Hospitality Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hospitality Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Hospitality Properties Ratings Report now.

3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

1. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $0.24 (0.4%) to $54.42 on average volume. Thus far, 615,272 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.78-$54.54 after having opened the day at $54.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.18.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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).

null

More from Markets

Canopy Growth Lets Down Eager Pot Investors; PayPal Keeps Dominating -- ICYMI

Canopy Growth Lets Down Eager Pot Investors; PayPal Keeps Dominating -- ICYMI

Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Tumble After Trump Calls Off North Korea Summit

Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Tumble After Trump Calls Off North Korea Summit

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)

3 Must Reads on the Market From TheStreet's Top Columnists

3 Must Reads on the Market From TheStreet's Top Columnists

Automakers Slump as Trump Tariffs Threaten Both Manufacturers and Consumers

Automakers Slump as Trump Tariffs Threaten Both Manufacturers and Consumers