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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 111 points (0.7%) at 16,536 as of Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,084 issues advancing vs. 856 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Sun Communities ( SUI), up 4.7%, Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), up 2.3%, Duke Realty ( DRE), up 1.5%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.2% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Rouse Properties ( RSE), down 4.1%, Parkway Properties ( PKY), down 3.8% and Kennedy-Wilson Holdings ( KW), down 1.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Health Care REIT ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is up $0.33 (0.6%) to $54.62 on average volume. Thus far, 828,681 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.85-$54.62 after having opened the day at $54.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.29.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 72.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $0.84 (0.6%) to $150.87 on light volume. Thus far, 225,149 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 657,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $149.55-$151.49 after having opened the day at $150.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $150.03.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $25.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is up $2.83 (3.2%) to $90.43 on average volume. Thus far, 818,632 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.37-$90.67 after having opened the day at $87.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.60.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow 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 and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.17 (0.8%) to $20.40 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.08-$20.42 after having opened the day at $20.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.23.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 134.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.79 (1.0%) to $80.98 on light volume. Thus far, 780,246 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.04-$81.07 after having opened the day at $80.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.19.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $31.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower 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, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Tower Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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