Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 16,436 as of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 961 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 46.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.5%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 2.5%, CubeSmart ( CUBE), up 1.8% and Corrections Corp of America ( CXW), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.6%.

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

3. Realty Income ( O) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realty Income is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $43.78 on light volume. Thus far, 428,261 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.40-$43.83 after having opened the day at $43.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.55.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Realty Income a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income 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 growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realty Income Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is up $0.51 (1.3%) to $39.35 on light volume. Thus far, 742,150 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.70-$39.54 after having opened the day at $39.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.84.

Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Realogy Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $31.79 on light volume. Thus far, 728,659 shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.43-$31.80 after having opened the day at $31.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.55.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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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