All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 56 points (0.3%) at 17,533 as of Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,658 issues advancing vs. 1,301 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include New Residential Investment ( NRZ), up 2.0%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.6%, Forest City ( FCE.A), up 1.2%, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA), up 1.1% and UDR ( UDR), up 1.0%. A company within the industry that fell today was Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 3.4%.

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

3. Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts is up $0.14 (0.7%) to $19.40 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.12-$19.41 after having opened the day at $19.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.27.

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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 $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $1.18 (1.7%) to $69.11 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million 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 $68.02-$69.12 after having opened the day at $68.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.93.

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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 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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 $1.08 (0.6%) to $192.76 on light volume. Thus far, 307,253 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 $190.50-$192.88 after having opened the day at $191.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $191.68.

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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 $59.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 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).