3 Stocks Raising The Real Estate Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 4.0%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.4%, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO), up 1.7%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.5% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 2.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency is up $0.29 (1.3%) to $22.33 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.93-$22.33 after having opened the day at $22.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.04.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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