3 Real Estate Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 8 points (0.0%) at 18,244 as of Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,559 issues advancing vs. 1,400 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), up 2.2%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.8%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.7%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 1.6% and Ventas ( VTR), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 0.7%.

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

3. Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment is up $1.25 (0.9%) to $136.06 on light volume. Thus far, 130,236 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 351,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.78-$136.64 after having opened the day at $135.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.81.

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Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is up $1.10 (1.6%) to $71.67 on average volume. Thus far, 360,778 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 798,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.59-$71.88 after having opened the day at $70.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.57.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Spirit Realty Capital ( SRC) is up $0.21 (1.9%) to $11.39 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Spirit Realty Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.18-$11.45 after having opened the day at $11.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.18.

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Spirit Realty Capital, Inc is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Spirit Realty Capital has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Spirit Realty Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spirit Realty Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Spirit Realty Capital 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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