3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,609 as of Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,652 issues advancing vs. 1,385 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Marcus & Millichap ( MMI), up 4.3%, Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 1.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.1%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.0% and Essex Property ( ESS), up 0.9%.

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

3. Boston Properties ( BXP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Boston Properties is up $0.60 (0.5%) to $121.43 on light volume. Thus far, 274,231 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 736,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.44-$122.04 after having opened the day at $121.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.83.

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Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties 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, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.40 (0.6%) to $70.52 on average volume. Thus far, 656,933 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.94-$71.12 after having opened the day at $71.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.12.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.58 (0.9%) to $184.56 on light volume. Thus far, 230,751 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 645,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $183.01-$184.90 after having opened the day at $184.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $182.98.

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Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $32.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage 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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