3 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 84 points (0.5%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,536 issues advancing vs. 1,417 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.6%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 1.3%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 1.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 0.8% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.6%.

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

3. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ventas is up $0.66 (1.1%) to $61.36 on average volume. Thus far, 865,243 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.63-$61.60 after having opened the day at $60.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.70.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.65 (0.7%) to $94.58 on light volume. Thus far, 523,668 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.65-$94.96 after having opened the day at $94.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.93.

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American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm through its subsidiaries owns, operates and develops wireless and broadcast communications real estate. American Tower has a market cap of $37.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full American Tower Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.43 (1.4%) to $32.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.55-$32.17 after having opened the day at $31.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.65.

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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 $16.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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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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