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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 234 points (1.3%) at 18,060 as of Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,313 issues advancing vs. 675 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include CubeSmart ( CUBE), up 2.0%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 2.1%, Pebblebrook Hotel ( PEB), up 1.6%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 0.9% and Equity Lifestyle Properties ( ELS), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include FirstService ( FSRV), down 2.9%, and Essent Group ( ESNT), down 1.0%.

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

3. Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $31.76 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 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 $31.65-$31.88 after having opened the day at $31.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.55.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.39 (0.7%) to $191.46 on light volume. Thus far, 201,602 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 649,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $189.63-$191.68 after having opened the day at $190.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $190.07.

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Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $33.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $0.54 (0.7%) to $83.06 on light volume. Thus far, 541,930 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.54-$83.71 after having opened the day at $82.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.52.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Macerich 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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