3 Real Estate Stocks Nudging The 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 68 points (-0.4%) at 17,105 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,162 issues advancing vs. 1,797 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 7.5%, Icahn ( IEP), down 2.2%, Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 1.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.3% and W P Carey ( WPC), down 1.2%.

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

3. China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, China HGS Real Estate is up $0.51 (10.3%) to $5.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 499,509 shares of China HGS Real Estate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 432,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.82-$6.10 after having opened the day at $4.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.93.

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China HGS Real Estate, Inc., through its subsidiary, Shaanxi Guangsha Investment and Development Group Co., Ltd, develops real estate properties in the People's Republic of China. It is involved in the construction and sale of residential apartments, parking lots, and commercial properties. China HGS Real Estate has a market cap of $237.9 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China HGS Real Estate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China HGS Real Estate as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full China HGS Real Estate Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is up $1.98 (1.3%) to $157.55 on average volume. Thus far, 130,268 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 329,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $154.26-$157.75 after having opened the day at $154.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.57.

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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 $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 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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1. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.40 (0.6%) to $62.47 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.89-$62.77 after having opened the day at $62.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.07.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $22.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equity Residential 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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