3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 104 points (-0.6%) at 17,824 as of Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 986 issues advancing vs. 2,035 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Walker & Dunlop ( WD), up 19.9%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 0.9%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 0.5% and Macerich ( MAC), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 1.8%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.8%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), down 1.6%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.4% and Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.2%.

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

3. Lamar Advertising ( LAMR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Lamar Advertising is up $2.22 (3.9%) to $59.63 on heavy volume. Thus far, 784,306 shares of Lamar Advertising exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 716,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.36-$60.28 after having opened the day at $58.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.41.

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Lamar Advertising Company is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm primarily engages in selling advertising space on billboards, buses, shelters, benches, and logo plates. Lamar Advertising Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lamar Advertising has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Lamar Advertising a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lamar Advertising as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. 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 Lamar Advertising Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apartment Investment & Management Company ( AIV) is up $0.41 (1.1%) to $37.84 on average volume. Thus far, 811,262 shares of Apartment Investment & Management Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.41-$37.96 after having opened the day at $37.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.43.

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Apartment Investment and Management Company is a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of apartment properties. It invests in real estate markets of United States. The firm primarily invests in apartment properties. Apartment Investment & Management Company has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Apartment Investment & Management Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apartment Investment & Management Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity 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 Apartment Investment & Management Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $0.81 (1.3%) to $63.90 on average volume. Thus far, 701,544 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.20-$64.85 after having opened the day at $63.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.09.

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Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Digital Realty a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Digital Realty 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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