Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 36 points (-0.2%) at 15,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,930 issues advancing vs. 1,011 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include

Brookfield Asset Management Inc Class A

(

BAM

), up 2.1%,

VEREIT

(

VER

), up 1.9%,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

), up 0.9% and

Public Storage

(

PSA

), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Santander Consumer USA Holdings

(

SC

), down 3.6%,

Essex Property

(

ESS

), down 2.0%,

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

), down 1.6%,

Icahn

(

IEP

), down 1.0% and

Equity Residential

(

EQR

), down 0.7%.

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

3.

Digital Realty

(

DLR

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Digital Realty is up $2.34 (3.0%) to $79.38 on light volume. Thus far, 456,692 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.08-$79.46 after having opened the day at $77.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.04.

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Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Digital Realty a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Digital Realty

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Digital Realty Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Realty Income

(

O

) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $55.26 on light volume. Thus far, 715,940 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.70-$55.28 after having opened the day at $54.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.88.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Realty Income a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Realty Income

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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

Realty Income Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Extra Space Storage

(

EXR

) is up $1.09 (1.2%) to $89.83 on light volume. Thus far, 201,164 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.79-$89.91 after having opened the day at $89.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.74.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Extra Space Storage

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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Extra Space 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

).