3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 41 points (0.2%) at 17,692 as of Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,523 issues advancing vs. 1,363 declining with 169 unchanged. The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Essent Group ( ESNT), up 5.2%, Corrections Corp of America ( CXW), up 2.9%, Lamar Advertising ( LAMR), up 1.7%, Forest City Realty ( FCE.B), up 1.3% and Public Storage ( PSA), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 3.1%, Equinix ( EQIX), down 1.5%, Welltower ( HCN), down 1.4% and HCP ( HCP), down 1.1%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today: 3. Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management is up $0.10 (0.9%) to $10.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.6 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.37-$10.58 after having opened the day at $10.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.45. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

2. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is up $0.33 (0.9%) to $36.50 on light volume. Thus far, 657,482 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.97-$36.70 after having opened the day at $36.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.17. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 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 $9.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate UDR a buy, 3 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 good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 UDR Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

1. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is up $2.62 (1.2%) to $228.53 on light volume. Thus far, 128,889 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 467,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $227.09-$230.00 after having opened the day at $227.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $225.91. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $14.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 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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