All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 55 points (-0.3%) at 17,210 as of Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 426 issues advancing vs. 2,625 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include NorthStar Asset Management Group ( NSAM), down 7.2%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 5.7%, New Residential Investment ( NRZ), down 5.2%, Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 5.0% and Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 4.2%.

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

3. Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage is up $0.51 (0.6%) to $85.78 on light volume. Thus far, 361,593 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 982,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.55-$86.12 after having opened the day at $85.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.27.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 45.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $2.98 (1.2%) to $244.95 on average volume. Thus far, 337,151 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 670,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $241.71-$245.31 after having opened the day at $241.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $241.97.

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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 $41.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.9% 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 10 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.47 (0.5%) to $93.66 on light volume. Thus far, 712,470 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.88-$94.41 after having opened the day at $93.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.19.

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American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. American Tower has a market cap of $40.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Tower 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).