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 79 points (-0.5%) at 16,635 as of Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,072 issues advancing vs. 1,895 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.1%, Ocwen Financial ( OCN), up 0.8% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN), down 10.3%, and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 2.6%.

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

3. Starwood Property ( STWD) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Starwood Property is up $0.14 (0.6%) to $23.61 on average volume. Thus far, 910,447 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.42-$23.62 after having opened the day at $23.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.47.

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Starwood Property Trust, Inc. originates, acquires, finances, and manages commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments in the United States and Europe. Starwood Property has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Starwood Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.13 (0.6%) to $23.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.28-$23.49 after having opened the day at $23.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.31.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $2.74 (2.0%) to $136.57 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.28-$140.19 after having opened the day at $135.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.83.

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Zillow, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company owns and operates Zillow.com. Zillow has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 65.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow 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 net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full Zillow 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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