5 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Duke Realty ( DRE), down 2.7%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), down 2.4%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 2.3%, Ventas ( VTR), down 2.2% and Essex Property ( ESS), down 2.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Howard Hughes ( HHC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Howard Hughes is up $2.46 (2.4%) to $104.90 on average volume. Thus far, 75,266 shares of Howard Hughes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 188,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.01-$106.34 after having opened the day at $103.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.44.

The Howard Hughes Corporation is a real estate investment and development company, engaging in managing, developing, and leasing commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate. The firm invests in retail, commercial, and industrial buildings in United States. Howard Hughes has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 40.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Howard Hughes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Howard Hughes as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Howard Hughes Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $16.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Brookfield Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.29-$16.51 after having opened the day at $16.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.30.

Brookfield Properties Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the ownership, development, and management of premier commercial properties. It also provides ancillary real estate service businesses, such as tenant service and amenities. Brookfield Office Properties has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Brookfield Office Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is up $1.39 (2.9%) to $49.75 on average volume. Thus far, 431,453 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.51-$49.91 after having opened the day at $48.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.36.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 56.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $3.22 (3.6%) to $91.40 on average volume. Thus far, 370,518 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 722,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.61-$92.62 after having opened the day at $89.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.18.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 217.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.22 (0.8%) to $27.39 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.95-$27.52 after having opened the day at $27.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.17.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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