One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,898 as of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,961 issues advancing vs. 1,038 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 4.9%, Diamondrock Hospitality ( DRH), up 3.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.1%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.1% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include NorthStar Asset Management Group ( NSAM), down 2.1%, Kilroy Realty ( KRC), down 1.0%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 0.6% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.5%.

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

3. CoStar Group ( CSGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CoStar Group is up $1.62 (0.9%) to $187.34 on average volume. Thus far, 70,091 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 170,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $185.29-$188.78 after having opened the day at $185.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.72.

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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 $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1010.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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 CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BioMed Realty ( BMR) is up $1.86 (8.6%) to $23.45 on heavy volume. Thus far, 45.4 million shares of BioMed Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.40-$23.50 after having opened the day at $23.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.59.

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BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on providing real estate to the life science industry in the United States. BioMed Realty has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate BioMed Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BioMed Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full BioMed Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $39.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.63-$39.30 after having opened the day at $38.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.85.

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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 $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 11.8% 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 9 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full HCP 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).