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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 31 points (-0.2%) at 18,049 as of Monday, April 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,377 issues advancing vs. 1,612 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include

Home Properties

(

HME

), up 7.6%,

E-House China Holdings

(

EJ

), up 3.2%,

Post Properties

(

PPS

), up 1.7%,

Apartment Investment & Management Company

(

AIV

), up 1.3% and

Brookfield Property Partners

(

BPY

), up 0.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

), up 0.5%.

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

3.

American Realty Capital Properties

(

ARCP

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties is up $0.06 (0.7%) to $9.18 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.11-$9.23 after having opened the day at $9.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.12.

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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 $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates 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 deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

American Realty Capital Properties Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

AvalonBay Communities

(

AVB

) is up $0.94 (0.6%) to $172.21 on light volume. Thus far, 223,487 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 827,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $171.37-$173.12 after having opened the day at $171.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.27.

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AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

AvalonBay Communities

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

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now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) is up $1.11 (0.6%) to $189.82 on light volume. Thus far, 352,797 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $189.04-$190.63 after having opened the day at $189.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $188.71.

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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, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $58.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. 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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