All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 35 points (-0.2%) at 17,589 as of Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 752 issues advancing vs. 2,254 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include American Campus Communities ( ACC), up 2.0%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), up 1.5%, Equity Lifestyle Properties ( ELS), up 1.1% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 1.9%, Equinix ( EQIX), down 1.7%, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 1.4%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.3% and Icahn ( IEP), down 1.1%.

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

3. Kimco Realty ( KIM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty is up $0.19 (0.7%) to $26.71 on light volume. Thus far, 956,847 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.81-$26.72 after having opened the day at $26.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.52.

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Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.17 (0.5%) to $231.78 on light volume. Thus far, 203,770 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 640,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $229.89-$232.02 after having opened the day at $230.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $230.61.

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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 $39.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 24.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $2.08 (1.0%) to $205.45 on light volume. Thus far, 390,771 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 $202.25-$206.59 after having opened the day at $203.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $203.37.

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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 $62.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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).