3 Real Estate Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 112 points (0.6%) at 18,128 as of Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,877 issues advancing vs. 1,119 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones ( IRS), up 5.4%, Ocwen Financial ( OCN), up 3.4%, CyrusOne ( CONE), up 2.8%, Home Properties ( HME), up 2.3% and Brandywine Realty ( BDN), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure ( HASI), down 7.2%, Equity Commonwealth ( EQC), down 1.2%, Equity Lifestyle Properties ( ELS), down 1.2%, Ryman Hospitality Properties ( RHP), down 1.2% and W P Carey ( WPC), down 0.7%.

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

3. UDR ( UDR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, UDR is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $33.47 on average volume. Thus far, 946,630 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.25-$33.58 after having opened the day at $33.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.27.

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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 $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate UDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 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 UDR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ally Financial ( ALLY) is up $0.12 (0.5%) to $23.56 on light volume. Thus far, 910,237 shares of Ally Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.46-$23.70 after having opened the day at $23.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.44.

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Ally Financial Inc. provides financial products and services primarily to automotive dealers and their customers in the United States. It offers dealer financial services, including a range of financial services and insurance products to automotive dealers and retail customers. Ally Financial has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Ally Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ally Financial as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Ally Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.20 (1.0%) to $20.62 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.48-$20.68 after having opened the day at $20.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.41.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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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