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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2. As of noon trading, Diamondrock Hospitality ( DRH) is up $0.28 (2.2%) to $13.15 on heavy volume. Thus far, 15.8 million shares of Diamondrock Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.72-$13.21 after having opened the day at $12.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.87.

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DiamondRock Hospitality Company, a lodging focused real estate company, owns premium hotels and resorts in North America. Diamondrock Hospitality has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Diamondrock Hospitality a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Diamondrock Hospitality as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Diamondrock Hospitality Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE) is up $0.32 (2.7%) to $12.37 on heavy volume. Thus far, 14.0 million shares of Strategic Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.92-$12.50 after having opened the day at $11.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.05.

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Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is owner and asset manager of the highest quality portfolio of upper-upscale and luxury hotels and resorts. Strategic Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Strategic Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Strategic Hotels & Resorts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Strategic Hotels & Resorts 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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