3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 17,970 as of Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,139 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include W P Carey ( WPC), down 2.4%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 2.2%, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 2.1%, Macerich ( MAC), down 1.9% and Spirit Realty Capital ( SRC), down 1.9%.

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

3. Icahn ( IEP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Icahn is up $1.02 (1.2%) to $87.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 60,472 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 63,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.50-$87.44 after having opened the day at $86.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.42.

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Icahn Enterprises L.P., through its subsidiaries, operates in investment, automotive, energy, metals, railcar, gaming, food packaging, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States, Germany, and Internationally. Its Investment segment operates various private investment funds. Icahn has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Icahn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Icahn as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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 Icahn Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is up $1.60 (0.8%) to $205.11 on average volume. Thus far, 82,845 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 170,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $202.52-$205.23 after having opened the day at $203.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $203.50.

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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 $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, good cash flow from operations, 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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1. As of noon trading, Lamar Advertising ( LAMR) is up $0.53 (0.9%) to $58.11 on average volume. Thus far, 294,835 shares of Lamar Advertising exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 602,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.71-$59.45 after having opened the day at $57.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.58.

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Lamar Advertising Company is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm primarily engages in selling advertising space on billboards, buses, shelters, benches, and logo plates. Lamar Advertising Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lamar Advertising has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Lamar Advertising a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lamar Advertising 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lamar Advertising 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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