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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 225 points (-1.3%) at 17,390 as of Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 911 issues advancing vs. 2,079 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), up 2.2%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.8%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.3%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 1.3% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow Group ( Z), down 3.1%, Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 2.9% and Icahn ( IEP), down 0.8%.

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

3. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is up $1.90 (0.9%) to $209.35 on light volume. Thus far, 211,841 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 655,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $207.24-$210.50 after having opened the day at $207.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $207.45.

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Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $36.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins 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 Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.85 (1.3%) to $68.22 on light volume. Thus far, 730,662 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.41-$68.61 after having opened the day at $67.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.37.

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Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.93 (1.0%) to $191.09 on light volume. Thus far, 471,050 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $188.63-$192.31 after having opened the day at $189.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.16.

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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 $59.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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).