3 Real Estate Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 120 points (-0.7%) at 17,956 as of Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 740 issues advancing vs. 2,233 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 2.1%.

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

3. Realty Income ( O) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realty Income is up $0.38 (0.8%) to $45.63 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.72-$45.70 after having opened the day at $45.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.25.

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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 $10.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.63 (0.9%) to $69.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.65-$70.19 after having opened the day at $69.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.29.

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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 $24.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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, solid stock price performance, 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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $2.07 (2.2%) to $94.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.83-$95.69 after having opened the day at $92.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.68.

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American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. American Tower has a market cap of $39.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Tower 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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