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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (0.0%) at 17,542 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,510 issues advancing vs. 1,477 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include LGI Homes ( LGIH), up 18.6%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 4.8%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 0.6% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ocwen Financial ( OCN), down 10.2%, Sabra Health Care REIT ( SBRA), down 4.1%, Medical Properties ( MPW), down 3.6%, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO), down 3.3% and New Residential Investment ( NRZ), down 2.5%.

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

3. Douglas Emmett ( DEI) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Douglas Emmett is up $0.22 (0.8%) to $29.49 on average volume. Thus far, 531,097 shares of Douglas Emmett exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 869,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.49-$30.00 after having opened the day at $29.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.27.

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Douglas Emmett, Inc., a real estate investment trust, owns and operates office and multifamily properties in California and Hawaii. As of December 31, 2007, the company's office portfolio consisted of 48 properties and multifamily portfolio consisted of 9 properties. Douglas Emmett has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Douglas Emmett a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Douglas Emmett as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Douglas Emmett Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is up $2.97 (1.5%) to $198.84 on average volume. Thus far, 94,188 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 174,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $196.49-$201.57 after having opened the day at $196.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $195.87.

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CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and online marketplaces services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $0.88 (1.1%) to $79.68 on light volume. Thus far, 431,356 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.54-$80.10 after having opened the day at $79.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.80.

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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 $12.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Macerich 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).