3 Stocks Improving Performance Of 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 208 points (-1.1%) at 17,892 as of Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,692 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.7%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.3%, Forest City ( FCE.A), down 1.1%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.1% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 1.0%.

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 $0.16 (0.8%) to $19.70 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 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 $19.54-$19.77 after having opened the day at $19.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.54.

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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 $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.3% 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 solid stock price performance, 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, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is up $0.06 (0.8%) to $8.68 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.58-$8.74 after having opened the day at $8.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.62.

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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 $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.53 (1.3%) to $40.18 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.15-$40.43 after having opened the day at $39.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.65.

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Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Prologis 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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