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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 17,966 as of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,566 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was

Essex Property

(

ESS

), up 1.1%.

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

3.

Liberty Property

(

LPT

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Property is up $0.83 (2.4%) to $36.21 on average volume. Thus far, 595,240 shares of Liberty Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 848,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.51-$36.61 after having opened the day at $35.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.38.

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Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. Liberty Property has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Liberty Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Liberty Property

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Liberty Property Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

AvalonBay Communities

(

AVB

) is up $1.18 (0.7%) to $169.43 on light volume. Thus far, 169,780 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 844,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $168.63-$169.85 after having opened the day at $168.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $168.25.

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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 $22.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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

AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Equity Residential

(

EQR

) is up $0.79 (1.1%) to $76.06 on light volume. Thus far, 591,638 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.39-$76.23 after having opened the day at $75.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.27.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $27.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Equity Residential

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations 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

Equity Residential 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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