3 Stocks Raising The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 77 points (-0.5%) at 16,791 as of Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,231 issues advancing vs. 1,744 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 3.8%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.2%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.0% and Starwood Property ( STWD), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 9.4%, Zillow ( Z), down 3.2%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2.2%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 1.7% and Weingarten Realty Investors ( WRI), down 1.5%.

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

3. E-House China Holdings ( EJ) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, E-House China Holdings is up $0.40 (4.7%) to $8.89 on light volume. Thus far, 652,511 shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.53-$8.91 after having opened the day at $8.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.49.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company primarily in the People's Republic of China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 43.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate E-House China Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China Holdings 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 find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full E-House China Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Colony Financial ( CLNY) is up $0.34 (1.5%) to $22.96 on average volume. Thus far, 451,113 shares of Colony Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 809,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.42-$23.00 after having opened the day at $22.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.62.

Colony Financial, Inc., a real estate investment and finance company, focuses on acquiring, originating, and managing various real estate-related debt and equity investments. Colony Financial has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Colony Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colony Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Colony Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is up $0.08 (0.8%) to $10.58 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.45-$10.59 after having opened the day at $10.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.50.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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