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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 39 points (0.2%) at 18,089 as of Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,169 issues advancing vs. 878 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 2.4%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.4%, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), up 1.1%, Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 1.1% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 1.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 1.0%.

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 $0.38 (1.0%) to $37.83 on light volume. Thus far, 987,049 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.56-$37.86 after having opened the day at $37.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.45.

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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 $17.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.38 (1.0%) to $39.38 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.00-$39.54 after having opened the day at $39.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.00.

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Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $20.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $1.36 (1.4%) to $97.31 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.37-$97.40 after having opened the day at $96.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.95.

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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 $40.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.9% 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).