All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.2%) at 17,119 as of Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,447 issues advancing vs. 1,507 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Realty Income ( O), up 1.9%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 1.7%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 1.6%, Prologis ( PLD), up 1.6% and Duke Realty ( DRE), up 1.4%.

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 $2.42 (1.1%) to $219.60 on light volume. Thus far, 134,330 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 635,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $217.32-$219.98 after having opened the day at $217.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $217.18.

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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 $37.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, 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, Equinix ( EQIX) is up $1.62 (0.6%) to $271.50 on light volume. Thus far, 221,901 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 827,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $269.41-$272.47 after having opened the day at $269.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $269.88.

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Equinix, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. Equinix has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 $1.54 (0.8%) to $196.62 on light volume. Thus far, 349,903 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 $194.09-$196.93 after having opened the day at $195.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $195.08.

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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 $60.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.1% 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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 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).