3 Stocks Driving The Real Estate Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 17.5%, Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), up 4.2%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 2.6%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 2.6% and LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 6.0%, Select Income REIT ( SIR), down 5.5% and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 2.7%.

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

3. CoStar Group ( CSGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CoStar Group is up $2.33 (1.6%) to $147.08 on light volume. Thus far, 88,681 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 357,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $145.16-$147.84 after having opened the day at $145.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.75.

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CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group as a buy. 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is up $0.36 (0.9%) to $41.13 on average volume. Thus far, 633,879 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.77-$41.45 after having opened the day at $40.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.77.

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Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.16 (1.2%) to $13.32 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.16-$13.32 after having opened the day at $13.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.16.

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American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties 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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