3 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.3%) at 18,083 as of Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 1,077 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 3.0%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), up 2.1%, Apartment Investment & Management Company ( AIV), up 1.4%, UDR ( UDR), up 1.1% and Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.0%.

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

3. Equity Residential ( EQR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Equity Residential is up $0.69 (0.9%) to $75.46 on light volume. Thus far, 573,236 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.97-$75.95 after having opened the day at $75.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.77.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $1.00 (1.2%) to $83.50 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.52-$86.31 after having opened the day at $82.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.50.

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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 $12.9 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 14 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, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $1.01 (1.1%) to $94.49 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.28-$94.49 after having opened the day at $93.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.48.

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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 $40.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Tower 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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