Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 16,563 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,349 issues advancing vs. 1,605 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.9%, and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 0.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.7%.

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

3. CommonWealth REIT ( CWH) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CommonWealth REIT is up $0.43 (1.6%) to $26.65 on light volume. Thus far, 250,919 shares of CommonWealth REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.15-$26.73 after having opened the day at $26.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.22.

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in office buildings, industrial buildings, and leased industrial land. CommonWealth REIT has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates CommonWealth REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CommonWealth REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full CommonWealth REIT Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE) is up $0.16 (1.4%) to $11.77 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Strategic Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.51-$11.79 after having opened the day at $11.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.61.

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is owner and asset manager of the highest quality portfolio of upper-upscale and luxury hotels and resorts. Strategic Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Strategic Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Strategic Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Strategic Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.06 (0.5%) to $11.50 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.45-$11.51 after having opened the day at $11.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.44.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management 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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