3 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 18,296 as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,463 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), up 1.4%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 0.9%, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), up 0.7% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was American Tower ( AMT), up 1.2%.

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

3. Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings is up $0.65 (1.4%) to $47.36 on average volume. Thus far, 493,721 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.58-$47.43 after having opened the day at $46.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.71.

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Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Realogy Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ally Financial ( ALLY) is up $0.22 (1.0%) to $22.46 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Ally Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.16-$22.62 after having opened the day at $22.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.25.

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Ally Financial Inc. provides financial products and services primarily to automotive dealers and their customers in the United States. It offers dealer financial services, including a range of financial services and insurance products to automotive dealers and retail customers. Ally Financial has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Ally Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ally Financial as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Ally Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.21 (0.5%) to $40.76 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.30-$40.78 after having opened the day at $40.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.55.

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Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Prologis 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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