3 Stocks Pushing 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 125 points (-0.7%) at 16,899 as of Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 971 issues advancing vs. 2,018 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Healthcare Trust of America ( HTA), up 2.1%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), up 1.8%, Equity Lifestyle Properties ( ELS), up 1.5%, Apartment Investment & Management Company ( AIV), up 1.3% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 5.3%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 4.2%, HFF ( HF), down 3.1%, Kennedy-Wilson Holdings ( KW), down 2.1% and Icahn ( IEP), down 1.2%.

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

3. Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management is up $0.08 (0.7%) to $11.15 on average volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.07-$11.24 after having opened the day at $11.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.07.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.53 (0.8%) to $63.72 on average volume. Thus far, 852,672 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.17-$63.88 after having opened the day at $63.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.19.

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 $22.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.97 (0.7%) to $143.65 on light volume. Thus far, 172,912 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 750,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.35-$144.00 after having opened the day at $142.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $142.68.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, 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 AvalonBay Communities 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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