Today's Top Performers In Real Estate

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 18,298 as of Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,736 issues advancing vs. 1,249 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include FirstService ( FSRV), up 2.1%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.7% and American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.5%, Liberty Property ( LPT), down 1.4%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 1.4%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), down 1.1% and Lamar Advertising ( LAMR), down 1.1%.

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

3. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is up $0.19 (0.5%) to $36.32 on light volume. Thus far, 230,532 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.07-$36.44 after having opened the day at $36.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.13.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $34.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.12 (0.6%) to $20.84 on light volume. Thus far, 708,506 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.71-$20.85 after having opened the day at $20.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.72.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $1.15 (1.4%) to $83.29 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.97-$84.24 after having opened the day at $82.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.14.

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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 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel its 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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