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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 18,106 as of Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,298 issues advancing vs. 1,669 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include

New Residential Investment

(

NRZ

), up 7.1%,

Altisource Residential Corporation

(

RESI

), up 4.9%,

Icahn

(

IEP

), up 2.4%,

Equity Residential

(

EQR

), up 1.0% and

Macerich

(

MAC

), up 1.0%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Gazit-Globe

(

GZT

), up 1.6%.

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

3.

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser is up $0.18 (0.5%) to $35.67 on light volume. Thus far, 672,630 shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.46-$35.75 after having opened the day at $35.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.49.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Weyerhaeuser

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 compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Realty Capital Properties

(

ARCP

) is up $0.16 (1.7%) to $9.60 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.41-$9.70 after having opened the day at $9.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.44.

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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 $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 $0.98 (0.5%) to $192.79 on light volume. Thus far, 239,841 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 $191.69-$193.44 after having opened the day at $192.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $191.81.

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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 $59.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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