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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 16 points (0.1%) at 16,733 as of Monday, June 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,394 issues advancing vs. 1,564 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Icahn ( IEP), up 3.7%.

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

3. Healthcare Trust of America ( HTA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Healthcare Trust of America is up $0.30 (2.4%) to $12.40 on average volume. Thus far, 898,005 shares of Healthcare Trust of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.06-$12.43 after having opened the day at $12.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.10.

Healthcare Trust of America is a fully integrated, self-administered and internally managed real estate investment trust, or REIT. The company acquires, owns and operates medical office buildings and other facilities that serve the healthcare industry. Healthcare Trust of America has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 22.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Healthcare Trust of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Healthcare Trust of America as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Healthcare Trust of America Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.33 (0.5%) to $63.56 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million 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 $63.25-$63.85 after having opened the day at $63.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.23.

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 $18.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations 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 Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.27 (0.7%) to $42.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.62-$42.16 after having opened the day at $41.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.75.

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 $19.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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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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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