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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 37 points (0.2%) at 16,943 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,468 issues advancing vs. 1,471 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 6.3%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 3.1%, Zillow ( Z), up 2.9%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 1.2% and CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 6.8%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 3.9% and Equity Lifestyle Properties ( ELS), down 0.8%.

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

3. Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Jones Lang LaSalle is up $1.24 (1.0%) to $127.42 on light volume. Thus far, 70,261 shares of Jones Lang LaSalle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 243,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $125.71-$127.74 after having opened the day at $126.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.18.

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, a financial and professional services company, provides commercial real estate and investment management services worldwide. Jones Lang LaSalle has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Jones Lang LaSalle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jones Lang LaSalle as a buy. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Jones Lang LaSalle Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starwood Property ( STWD) is up $0.21 (0.9%) to $23.26 on average volume. Thus far, 895,943 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.10-$23.38 after having opened the day at $23.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.05.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. originates, acquires, finances, and manages commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments in the United States and Europe. Starwood Property has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.12 (0.6%) to $22.26 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.97-$22.28 after having opened the day at $22.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.13.

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 $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. 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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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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