Today's Top Performers In Real Estate

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 18,120 as of Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,606 issues advancing vs. 1,375 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), up 1.7%, and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 4.3%, BioMed Realty ( BMR), down 1.6%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.5%, Lamar Advertising ( LAMR), down 1.4% and Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), down 1.3%.

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

3. Duke Realty ( DRE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Duke Realty is up $0.18 (0.9%) to $19.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.89-$19.18 after having opened the day at $18.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.96.

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Duke Realty Corporation is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It offers a single point of responsibility for all aspects of a project, including leasing, asset management, construction and development. Duke Realty has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Duke Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Duke Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is up $0.19 (0.5%) to $37.30 on light volume. Thus far, 545,686 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.07-$37.43 after having opened the day at $37.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.11.

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CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company worldwide. The company operates through Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services segments. CBRE Group has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $0.68 (0.9%) to $77.03 on light volume. Thus far, 651,351 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.02-$77.07 after having opened the day at $76.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.35.

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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 $12.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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