All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 179 points (1.1%) at 16,237 as of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,904 issues advancing vs. 1,084 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), up 2.0%, Macerich ( MAC), up 1.4%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.3%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 1.3% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.3%.

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

3. Health Care REIT ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is up $0.50 (0.8%) to $62.89 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.48-$63.54 after having opened the day at $63.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.39.

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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 $22.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Equinix ( EQIX) is up $4.67 (1.8%) to $267.54 on average volume. Thus far, 514,105 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 715,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $263.62-$268.00 after having opened the day at $264.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $262.87.

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Equinix, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. Equinix has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Equinix Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.91 (1.1%) to $176.92 on light volume. Thus far, 449,403 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.68-$178.58 after having opened the day at $177.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $175.01.

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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 $55.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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).