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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Macerich Company ( MAC), down 1.1%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.9% and Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 0.8%.

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

4. St. Joe Corporation ( JOE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, St. Joe Corporation is up $0.41 (2.2%) to $19.01 on light volume. Thus far, 102,949 shares of St. Joe Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 469,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.62-$19.03 after having opened the day at $18.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.60.

The St. Joe Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate development company in Florida. The company operates in five segments: Residential Real Estate; Commercial Real Estate; Resorts, Leisure, and Leasing Operations; Forestry; and Rural Land. St. Joe Corporation has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates St. Joe Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates St. Joe Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full St. Joe Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Corporate Office Properties ( OFC) is up $0.42 (1.8%) to $23.93 on average volume. Thus far, 247,792 shares of Corporate Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 638,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.69-$24.12 after having opened the day at $23.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.51.

Corporate Office Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, management, and leasing of suburban office properties. Corporate Office Properties has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Corporate Office Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corporate Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Corporate Office Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is up $0.62 (1.7%) to $37.07 on light volume. Thus far, 194,742 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.34-$37.17 after having opened the day at $36.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.45.

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 $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.64 (0.5%) to $118.30 on average volume. Thus far, 344,889 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 730,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.55-$118.69 after having opened the day at $118.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.66.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full AvalonBay Communities 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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