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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 54 points (-0.3%) at 17,704 as of Thursday, July 2, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,396 issues advancing vs. 1,580 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Parkway Properties ( PKY), up 2.0%, DCT Industrial ( DCT), up 1.5%, Spirit Realty Capital ( SRC), up 1.1%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 1.1% and Weingarten Realty Investors ( WRI), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), down 1.5%, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.3%, Kennedy-Wilson Holdings ( KW), down 1.2% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), 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 $0.38 (0.5%) to $77.15 on light volume. Thus far, 439,890 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.71-$78.02 after having opened the day at $76.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.77.

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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 $11.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.0% 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 its 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, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.21 (1.0%) to $20.61 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.53-$20.82 after having opened the day at $20.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.40.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.63 (0.7%) to $94.64 on light volume. Thus far, 743,728 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.04-$95.04 after having opened the day at $94.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.01.

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American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. American Tower has a market cap of $39.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 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).