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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 2.9%, Parkway Properties ( PKY), up 2.1%, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 2.1% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 3.3%, Chesapeake Lodging ( CHSP), down 2.5%, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), down 2.0%, Diamondrock Hospitality ( DRH), down 1.6% and Douglas Emmett ( DEI), down 1.4%.

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

3. Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Senior Housing Properties is up $0.13 (0.6%) to $23.83 on average volume. Thus far, 781,606 shares of Senior Housing Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.71-$24.03 after having opened the day at $23.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.70.

Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Senior Housing Properties a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Senior Housing Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.16 (0.5%) to $30.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.42-$30.69 after having opened the day at $30.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.33.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 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 growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.22 (0.5%) to $42.14 on light volume. Thus far, 771,066 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.90-$42.31 after having opened the day at $41.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.92.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP 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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