3 Stocks Driving The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 18,145 as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,945 issues advancing vs. 1,035 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Essex Property ( ESS), up 1.5%, Kilroy Realty ( KRC), up 1.4%, Equity Residential ( EQR), up 1.4%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 1.3% and Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 1.3%.

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

3. Health Care REIT ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is up $0.46 (0.7%) to $71.04 on light volume. Thus far, 543,667 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.44-$71.21 after having opened the day at $70.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.58.

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Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $0.84 (1.0%) to $82.49 on light volume. Thus far, 179,182 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.48-$82.57 after having opened the day at $81.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.65.

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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 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.91 (1.1%) to $183.99 on light volume. Thus far, 342,717 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $181.78-$184.21 after having opened the day at $182.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $182.08.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $57.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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