3 Stocks Moving The Real Estate Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 16,759 as of Monday, June 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,419 issues advancing vs. 1,541 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 7.0%, St Joe ( JOE), up 2.1%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 1.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.1% and Retail Properties of America ( RPAI), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 2.0%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 1.2%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.1%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.7% and Realty Income ( O), down 0.6%.

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

3. Ocwen Financial ( OCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ocwen Financial is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $36.47 on light volume. Thus far, 263,727 shares of Ocwen Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.00-$36.53 after having opened the day at $36.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.24.

Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 34.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Ocwen Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocwen Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Ocwen Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $1.01 (1.8%) to $57.67 on light volume. Thus far, 482,485 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.28-$58.17 after having opened the day at $57.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.66.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.08 (0.6%) to $12.04 on light volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.91-$12.09 after having opened the day at $11.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.96.

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties 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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