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 45 points (0.3%) at 16,697 as of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,017 issues advancing vs. 963 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Ocwen Financial ( OCN), up 2.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.0%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 0.7% and Ventas ( VTR), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Campus Communities ( ACC), down 1.1%, UDR ( UDR), down 0.8%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 0.7% and Macerich ( MAC), down 0.7%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, HCP is up $0.33 (0.8%) to $41.96 on average volume. Thus far, 864,161 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.74-$42.07 after having opened the day at $41.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.63.

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HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.83 (1.3%) to $65.78 on average volume. Thus far, 998,375 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.03-$65.88 after having opened the day at $65.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.95.

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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 $19.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.54 (1.7%) to $32.88 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.50-$32.89 after having opened the day at $32.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.34.

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Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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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