4 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 14,818 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,623 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Duke Realty ( DRE), down 2.9%, Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 3.0%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), down 2.6%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 2.4% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 2.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. CoStar Group ( CSGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CoStar Group is up $2.89 (1.9%) to $151.40 on light volume. Thus far, 37,471 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 117,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.65-$152.71 after having opened the day at $150.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.51.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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