3 Real Estate Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 148 points (-0.8%) at 17,892 as of Friday, June 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,046 issues advancing vs. 1,919 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Alexander's ( ALX), up 4.4%, Ocwen Financial ( OCN), up 3.9% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.8%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 0.7%, Prologis ( PLD), down 0.6% and Ventas ( VTR), down 0.5%.

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

3. Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Santander Consumer USA Holdings is up $0.22 (0.9%) to $25.37 on light volume. Thus far, 488,342 shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.00-$25.53 after having opened the day at $25.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.15.

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Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc., a specialized consumer finance company, provides vehicle finance and unsecured consumer lending products in the United States. The company's vehicle finance products and services include retail installment contracts, vehicle leases, and dealer loans. Santander Consumer USA Holdings has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Santander Consumer USA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Santander Consumer USA Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures. Get the full Santander Consumer USA Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is up $0.26 (0.8%) to $32.66 on average volume. Thus far, 951,229 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.35-$32.73 after having opened the day at $32.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.40.

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UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate UDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full UDR Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $1.05 (1.6%) to $66.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 670,834 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 892,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.36-$66.47 after having opened the day at $65.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.20.

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Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Digital Realty a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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