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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 135 points (0.8%) at 17,576 as of Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,150 issues advancing vs. 862 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include

Ally Financial

(

ALLY

), up 4.4%,

Select Income REIT

(

SIR

), up 4.2%,

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

), up 2.2%,

Santander Consumer USA Holdings

(

SC

), up 2.0% and

Brixmor Property Group

(

BRX

), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Corporate Office Properties

(

OFC

), down 1.9%,

Pebblebrook Hotel

(

PEB

), down 1.9% and

Medical Properties

(

MPW

), down 1.6%.

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

3.

Zillow Group

(

Z

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Zillow Group is up $2.51 (3.3%) to $79.42 on light volume. Thus far, 404,720 shares of Zillow Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.91-$79.42 after having opened the day at $76.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.91.

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Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. It offers a portfolio of brands and products to help people find vital information about homes, and connect with local professionals. Zillow Group has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Zillow Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Zillow Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Zillow Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

) is up $0.14 (0.7%) to $19.86 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.76-$19.94 after having opened the day at $19.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.71.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Host Hotels & Resorts

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 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

Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Ventas

(

VTR

) is up $0.39 (0.6%) to $66.47 on average volume. Thus far, 991,084 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.04-$66.79 after having opened the day at $66.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.08.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $21.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ventas

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, increase in stock price during the past year 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

Ventas 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

).