3 Real Estate Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 97 points (-0.5%) at 17,802 as of Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,032 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 7.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Leju Holdings ( LEJU), down 9.1%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 3.0%, American Homes 4 Rent ( AMH), down 1.8%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.7% and American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 1.5%.

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

3. HFF ( HF) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, HFF is up $0.90 (2.2%) to $41.84 on heavy volume. Thus far, 186,799 shares of HFF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 227,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.63-$41.99 after having opened the day at $40.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.94.

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HFF, Inc. provides commercial real estate and capital market services to users and providers of capital in the commercial real estate industry in the United States. HFF has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HFF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HFF as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full HFF Ratings Report now.

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