3 Real Estate Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 17,796 as of Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,731 issues advancing vs. 1,243 declining with 202 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Dupont Fabros Technology ( DFT), up 1.8%, Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), up 1.3%, Retail Properties of America Inc Class A ( RPAI), up 1.1%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.0% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 4.8%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 3.2% and Columbia Property ( CXP), down 1.4%.

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

3. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is up $0.19 (0.7%) to $26.46 on light volume. Thus far, 885,115 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.30-$26.57 after having opened the day at $26.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.27.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.39 (1.1%) to $34.74 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.47-$34.76 after having opened the day at $34.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.35.

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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 $17.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.10 (1.1%) to $9.09 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.00-$9.16 after having opened the day at $9.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.00.

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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 $8.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 30.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, 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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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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