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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 65 points (0.4%) at 18,102 as of Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 945 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Starwood Property ( STWD), down 2.4%, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 1.5%, W P Carey ( WPC), down 1.3%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), down 0.9% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 0.9%.

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

3. Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings is up $0.53 (1.1%) to $47.00 on light volume. Thus far, 210,511 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.27-$47.20 after having opened the day at $46.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.47.

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Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Realogy Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.54 (1.2%) to $43.24 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.60-$43.38 after having opened the day at $42.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.70.

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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 $19.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $1.31 (1.4%) to $95.81 on light volume. Thus far, 991,009 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.43-$96.57 after having opened the day at $96.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.50.

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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 $40.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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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