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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 18,003 as of Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,300 issues advancing vs. 1,708 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 9.2%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.2%, Ventas ( VTR), up 1.0% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), down 5.0%, and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 0.6%.

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

3. National Retail Properties ( NNN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, National Retail Properties is up $0.60 (1.5%) to $41.60 on average volume. Thus far, 712,692 shares of National Retail Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.89-$41.95 after having opened the day at $40.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.00.

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National Retail Properties, Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm acquires, owns, manages, and develops retail properties in the United States. National Retail Properties has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate National Retail Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Retail Properties 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, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full National Retail Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $29.49 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.07-$29.60 after having opened the day at $29.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.25.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.48 (1.1%) to $43.35 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.74-$43.59 after having opened the day at $43.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.87.

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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 $19.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.6% 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 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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