5 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 53 points (0.4%) at 14,950 as of Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,495 issues advancing vs. 481 declining with 77 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 2.8%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.1%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.9%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 0.8% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), down 1.3%, Ventas ( VTR), down 1.1%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.0% and HCP ( HCP), down 0.6%.

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

5. CoStar Group ( CSGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CoStar Group is up $1.31 (0.9%) to $153.02 on light volume. Thus far, 14,610 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 121,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.94-$153.09 after having opened the day at $151.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.71.

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 $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 69.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate 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, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Forest City ( FCE.A) is up $0.35 (2.0%) to $17.63 on average volume. Thus far, 609,497 shares of Forest City exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.18-$17.65 after having opened the day at $17.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.28.

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. engages in the ownership, development, management, and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Forest City has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Forest City as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Forest City Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO) is up $0.36 (1.4%) to $26.75 on light volume. Thus far, 205,291 shares of LaSalle Hotel Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 781,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.33-$26.86 after having opened the day at $26.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.39.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. LaSalle Hotel Properties has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate LaSalle Hotel Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LaSalle Hotel Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LaSalle Hotel Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is up $0.17 (1.8%) to $9.50 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.36-$9.58 after having opened the day at $9.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.33.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $40.33 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.12-$40.61 after having opened the day at $40.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.09.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Corporation 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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