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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 17,036 as of Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,537 issues advancing vs. 1,470 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 2.9%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 0.8%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.6%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), up 0.6% and Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Zillow ( Z), up 2.5%.

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

3. LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, LaSalle Hotel Properties is up $0.43 (1.2%) to $36.54 on light volume. Thus far, 186,366 shares of LaSalle Hotel Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 968,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.02-$36.59 after having opened the day at $36.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.11.

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LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. LaSalle Hotel Properties has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate LaSalle Hotel Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LaSalle Hotel Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LaSalle Hotel Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $0.33 (0.5%) to $66.15 on average volume. Thus far, 472,664 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 686,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.42-$66.36 after having opened the day at $65.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.82.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Macerich Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ocwen Financial ( OCN) is up $0.55 (2.0%) to $28.38 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Ocwen Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.70-$28.73 after having opened the day at $27.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.83.

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Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 49.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ocwen Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocwen Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ocwen Financial 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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