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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 16,492 as of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,744 issues advancing vs. 1,239 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Digital Realty ( DLR), up 3.4%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.7%, Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.4%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 1.4% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 7.0%, Icahn ( IEP), down 2.7% and Douglas Emmett ( DEI), down 1.6%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, HCP is up $0.50 (1.2%) to $42.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.13-$42.69 after having opened the day at $42.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.97.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is up $2.41 (1.4%) to $178.89 on light volume. Thus far, 171,259 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 826,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $176.58-$179.33 after having opened the day at $176.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.48.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.70 (1.0%) to $175.10 on average volume. Thus far, 590,967 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $174.01-$175.79 after having opened the day at $174.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $173.40.

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 $54.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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