3 Stocks Advancing The Real Estate Industry

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 140 points (-0.9%) at 16,292 as of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 781 issues advancing vs. 2,154 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Forest City Realty ( FCE.B), up 2.2%, and Equinix ( EQIX), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 5.2%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 3.5%, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA), down 2.2%, Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 2.0% and UDR ( UDR), down 1.7%.

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

3. Forest City Realty ( FCE.A) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Forest City Realty is up $0.78 (4.4%) to $18.37 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Forest City Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.34-$18.42 after having opened the day at $17.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.59.

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Forest City Realty Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust. It was formerly known as Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City Realty Trust, Inc was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Forest City Realty has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Forest City Realty 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Forest City Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, New Residential Investment ( NRZ) is up $0.26 (2.4%) to $11.34 on light volume. Thus far, 988,574 shares of New Residential Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.92-$11.38 after having opened the day at $11.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.08.

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New Residential Investment Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), focuses on investing in and managing residential mortgage related assets. It operates through Servicing Related Assets, Residential Securities and Loans, and Other Investments segments. New Residential Investment has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate New Residential Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Residential Investment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full New Residential Investment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.46 (1.9%) to $24.71 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.00-$24.84 after having opened the day at $24.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.25.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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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