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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 18,193 as of Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,682 issues advancing vs. 1,233 declining with 204 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include

Health Care REIT

(

HCN

), up 0.8%, and

HCP

(

HCP

), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Ocwen Financial

(

OCN

), down 11.9%, and

Lamar Advertising

(

LAMR

), down 1.5%.

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

3.

Macerich

(

MAC

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Macerich is up $1.19 (1.4%) to $83.38 on light volume. Thus far, 303,413 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.81-$83.38 after having opened the day at $82.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.19.

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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 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate 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, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Macerich Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Realty Capital Properties

(

ARCP

) is up $0.67 (7.3%) to $9.90 on heavy volume. Thus far, 12.4 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.52-$9.93 after having opened the day at $9.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.23.

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American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Realty Capital Properties

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

American Realty Capital Properties Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) is up $3.06 (1.6%) to $190.20 on average volume. Thus far, 672,958 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $186.79-$190.79 after having opened the day at $187.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $187.14.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $59.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Simon Property Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

Simon Property Group 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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