3 Real Estate Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 18,094 as of Thursday, May 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,162 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include BioMed Realty ( BMR), down 1.9%, Liberty Property ( LPT), down 1.4%, Ventas ( VTR), down 1.3%, Duke Realty ( DRE), down 1.2% and SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 0.9%.

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

3. St. Joe ( JOE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, St. Joe is up $0.40 (2.6%) to $16.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 523,904 shares of St. Joe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 429,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.60-$16.02 after having opened the day at $15.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.60.

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The St. Joe Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate development company in Florida. The company operates in four segments: Residential Real Estate; Commercial Real Estate; Resorts, Leisure and Leasing Operations; and Forestry. St. Joe has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate St. Joe a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates St. Joe as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full St. Joe Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is up $0.66 (1.4%) to $47.31 on average volume. Thus far, 624,635 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.42-$47.54 after having opened the day at $46.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.65.

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Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.10 (0.5%) to $20.64 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.51-$20.67 after having opened the day at $20.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.54.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Agency 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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