3 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 45 points (-0.3%) at 17,859 as of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,059 issues advancing vs. 1,922 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 3.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 1.4%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), down 1.2%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 1.1%, Prologis ( PLD), down 1.1% and Boston Properties ( BXP), down 0.9%.

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

3. Lexington Realty ( LXP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Lexington Realty is up $0.14 (1.6%) to $9.12 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Lexington Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.05-$9.20 after having opened the day at $9.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.98.

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Lexington Corporate Properties Trust operates as a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The company acquires, owns, and manages a portfolio of office, industrial, and retail properties net-leased to corporate tenants in the United States. Lexington Realty has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Lexington Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lexington Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Lexington Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, WP Glimcher ( WPG) is up $0.24 (1.7%) to $13.74 on average volume. Thus far, 927,146 shares of WP Glimcher exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.49-$13.83 after having opened the day at $13.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.50.

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Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE:WPG.WI) operates independently of Simon Property Group Inc. as of May 28, 2014. WP Glimcher has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates WP Glimcher a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WP Glimcher as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full WP Glimcher Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Rayonier ( RYN) is up $0.26 (1.0%) to $25.40 on light volume. Thus far, 355,459 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 990,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.20-$25.47 after having opened the day at $25.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.14.

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Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Rayonier a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Rayonier 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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