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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