Today's Top Performers In Real Estate

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 16,949 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 3.5%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.3%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.1%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 0.6% and UDR ( UDR), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 4.9%.

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

3. Health Care REIT ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is up $0.53 (0.8%) to $66.41 on light volume. Thus far, 531,095 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.64-$66.42 after having opened the day at $65.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.88.

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Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.11 (0.9%) to $13.11 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.90-$13.12 after having opened the day at $12.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.00.

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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 $11.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $3.01 (2.2%) to $141.86 on light volume. Thus far, 659,909 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $137.90-$143.01 after having opened the day at $138.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.85.

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Zillow, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company owns and operates Zillow.com. Zillow has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 69.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full Zillow 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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