3 Stocks Driving The Real Estate Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 16,647 as of Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,518 issues advancing vs. 1,472 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.3%, and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), down 3.9%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 2.2%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.8%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 0.9% and Prologis ( PLD), down 0.8%.

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

3. Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings is up $0.42 (1.1%) to $37.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.25-$37.94 after having opened the day at $37.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.13.

Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 24.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.17 (0.6%) to $31.07 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.71-$31.08 after having opened the day at $30.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.90.

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 $18.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.10 (0.8%) to $12.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 15.7 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.44-$12.60 after having opened the day at $12.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.44.

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 $9.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties 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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