3 Stocks Raising The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 37 points (0.2%) at 17,115 as of Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,639 issues advancing vs. 1,333 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 3.6%, Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), up 3.1%, Ocwen Financial ( OCN), up 1.5%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 1.4% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.2%, and Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 0.7%.

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

3. Realty Income ( O) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realty Income is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $44.82 on average volume. Thus far, 871,620 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.32-$44.90 after having opened the day at $44.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.58.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Realty Income a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Realty Income Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.23 (0.5%) to $43.54 on light volume. Thus far, 733,313 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.05-$43.59 after having opened the day at $43.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.31.

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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 $19.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.2% 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. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.89 (0.6%) to $155.20 on light volume. Thus far, 227,256 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 690,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $153.74-$155.67 after having opened the day at $154.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.31.

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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 $20.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 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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