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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 157 points (1.0%) at 16,184 as of Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,280 issues advancing vs. 712 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN), up 4.7%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 3.9%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.6%, Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), up 1.5% and SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 1.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 0.7%.

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

3. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is up $0.20 (0.9%) to $22.27 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.03-$22.31 after having opened the day at $22.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.07.

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 $19.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties 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, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.26 (1.3%) to $20.31 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.16-$20.34 after having opened the day at $20.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.05.

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 $15.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.32 (0.8%) to $167.70 on light volume. Thus far, 293,900 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $166.86-$168.17 after having opened the day at $167.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $166.38.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $52.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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