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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3. As of noon trading, Howard Hughes ( HHC) is up $2.39 (2.3%) to $104.59 on average volume. Thus far, 77,844 shares of Howard Hughes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 173,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.37-$106.93 after having opened the day at $106.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.20.

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 $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Howard Hughes Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is up $1.32 (2.7%) to $51.02 on light volume. Thus far, 265,096 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 871,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.12-$51.50 after having opened the day at $50.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.70.

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 $4.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $2.96 (3.1%) to $99.41 on heavy volume. Thus far, 806,319 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 944,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.60-$99.95 after having opened the day at $97.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.45.

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 $2.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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