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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 155 points (0.9%) at 17,828 as of Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,186 issues advancing vs. 755 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), up 2.3%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 2.4%, American Tower ( AMT), up 2.0%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.5% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.6%.

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

3. Macerich ( MAC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Macerich is up $0.85 (1.0%) to $88.93 on light volume. Thus far, 287,949 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.11-$89.44 after having opened the day at $88.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.08.

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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 $12.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. 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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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $3.12 (1.5%) to $205.78 on light volume. Thus far, 160,877 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 585,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $202.57-$205.94 after having opened the day at $202.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $202.66.

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Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $1.46 (0.8%) to $174.80 on light volume. Thus far, 257,311 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 728,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $173.17-$175.00 after having opened the day at $173.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $173.34.

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AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $22.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AvalonBay Communities 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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