Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.8%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.4% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 5.2%, Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), down 2.2%, Starwood Property ( STWD), down 2.3%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.8% and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 0.7%.

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

3. Capstead Mortgage Corporation ( CMO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Capstead Mortgage Corporation is up $0.64 (5.6%) to $12.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Capstead Mortgage Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 960,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.83-$12.11 after having opened the day at $11.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.42.

Capstead Mortgage Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. Capstead Mortgage Corporation has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Capstead Mortgage Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capstead Mortgage Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Capstead Mortgage Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is up $14.46 (10.8%) to $148.43 on heavy volume. Thus far, 168,257 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 113,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.00-$153.11 after having opened the day at $139.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.97.

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 51.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CoStar Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is up $5.00 (5.0%) to $104.00 on average volume. Thus far, 66,198 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 164,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.00-$104.00 after having opened the day at $99.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.00.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides services related to real estate and mortgage portfolio management, asset recovery, and customer relationship management in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions 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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