4 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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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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