3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 18,080 as of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,860 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Retail Properties of America ( RPAI), up 1.5%, Public Storage ( PSA), up 1.1%, Douglas Emmett ( DEI), up 1.0%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 0.8% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.6%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.6% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.9%.

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

3. American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties is up $0.05 (0.6%) to $9.01 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.78-$9.02 after having opened the day at $8.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.96.

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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 up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates 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 sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income ( O) is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $46.77 on light volume. Thus far, 677,232 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.90-$46.78 after having opened the day at $46.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.53.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Realty Income a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income 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, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Realty Income Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.63 (0.9%) to $74.00 on average volume. Thus far, 754,692 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.68-$74.00 after having opened the day at $72.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.37.

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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 $27.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Equity Residential 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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