All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 93 points (0.5%) at 17,310 as of Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,596 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Welltower ( HCN), up 1.2%, and Ventas ( VTR), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Diamondrock Hospitality ( DRH), down 2.2%, Pebblebrook Hotel ( PEB), down 2.1%, Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 1.9% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.6%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, HCP is up $0.28 (0.7%) to $39.46 on light volume. Thus far, 984,414 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.19-$39.55 after having opened the day at $39.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.19.

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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 $18.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.17 (0.5%) to $228.31 on light volume. Thus far, 223,310 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 642,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $227.26-$228.98 after having opened the day at $228.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $227.14.

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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 $39.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.78 (0.9%) to $203.92 on light volume. Thus far, 479,926 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 $202.56-$204.72 after having opened the day at $203.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $202.14.

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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 $62.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.0% 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).