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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 10 points (0.1%) at 17,688 as of Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,747 issues advancing vs. 1,216 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 1.8%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.2%, Ventas ( VTR), up 0.9%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), up 0.8% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 2.1%, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.1% and American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 0.6%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, HCP is up $0.27 (0.7%) to $42.12 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.82-$42.32 after having opened the day at $41.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.85.

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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 $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, solid stock price performance 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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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.64 (0.7%) to $95.84 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.58-$96.37 after having opened the day at $95.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.20.

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American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm through its subsidiaries owns, operates and develops wireless and broadcast communications real estate. American Tower has a market cap of $37.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 American Tower Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.65 (0.9%) to $194.30 on average volume. Thus far, 671,692 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $192.01-$194.97 after having opened the day at $192.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $192.65.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $61.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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