Real Estate Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 146 points (0.9%) at 16,972 as of Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,159 issues advancing vs. 828 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 5.3%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 2.2%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 2.0%, American Campus Communities ( ACC), up 1.8% and LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Walter Investment Management ( WAC), down 3.5%, Investors Real Estate ( IRET), down 3.4%, Northstar Realty Finance ( NRF), down 2.8%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.8% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.2%.

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

3. Digital Realty ( DLR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Digital Realty is up $0.62 (1.1%) to $58.94 on light volume. Thus far, 257,535 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 $57.98-$58.95 after having opened the day at $58.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.32.

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 $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.7% 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 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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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.43 (0.7%) to $63.10 on light volume. Thus far, 784,615 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.27-$63.17 after having opened the day at $62.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.67.

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 $18.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.0% 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.09 (0.7%) to $12.62 on light volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.52-$12.66 after having opened the day at $12.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.53.

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 $9.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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