Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 176 points (1.0%) at 17,936 as of Monday, July 13, 2015, 1:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,114 issues advancing vs. 915 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 2.7%, Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), up 1.7% and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.9%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), down 0.8%, Regency Centers ( REG), down 0.8% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 0.7%.

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

3. Liberty Property ( LPT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Property is up $0.28 (0.8%) to $33.05 on average volume. Thus far, 348,844 shares of Liberty Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 928,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.87-$33.51 after having opened the day at $32.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.77.

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Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. Liberty Property has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Liberty Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Liberty Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is up $0.24 (0.7%) to $35.06 on light volume. Thus far, 290,362 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.91-$35.23 after having opened the day at $35.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.82.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.14 (1.6%) to $8.54 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.48-$8.68 after having opened the day at $8.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.41.

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American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates American Realty Capital Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties 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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