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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