3 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 18,140 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,726 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Apartment Investment & Management Company ( AIV), down 1.4%, UDR ( UDR), down 1.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.1%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.1% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 1.1%.

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 $2.64 (1.3%) to $205.10 on light volume. Thus far, 33,310 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 195,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $200.43-$205.21 after having opened the day at $201.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $202.46.

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CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and online marketplaces services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is up $0.66 (1.8%) to $38.21 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.37-$38.38 after having opened the day at $37.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.55.

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CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company worldwide. The company operates through Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services segments. CBRE Group has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $82.56 on light volume. Thus far, 571,453 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.83-$83.36 after having opened the day at $81.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.07.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Macerich 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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