Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our modelAll three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 24 points (-0.2%) at 13,886 as of Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,515 declining with 144 unchanged.The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Tower (AMT), down 1.5%, and General Growth Properties (GGP), down 0.6%.TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:4. CreXus Investment (CXS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CreXus Investment is up $0.78 (6.2%) to $13.28 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.9 million shares of CreXus Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.25-$13.29 after having opened the day at $13.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.50.CreXus Investment Corp., through its subsidiaries, operates as a commercial real estate company. CreXus Investment has a market cap of $957.9 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates CreXus Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.TheStreet Ratings rates CreXus Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CreXus Investment Ratings Report now.It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE
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