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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 131 points (-0.7%) at 17,945 as of Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 912 issues advancing vs. 2,103 declining with 122 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ocwen Financial ( OCN), down 6.4%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 2.5%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), down 1.3%, American Tower ( AMT), down 0.9% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.6%.

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 $1.78 (1.9%) to $94.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.06-$94.14 after having opened the day at $92.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.22.

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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 $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.6% 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Macerich Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income ( O) is up $0.32 (0.6%) to $52.33 on light volume. Thus far, 832,642 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.54-$52.64 after having opened the day at $51.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.01.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Realty Income a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 Realty Income Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.52 (0.7%) to $72.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.17-$72.42 after having opened the day at $71.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.50.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ventas 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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