All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 76 points (-0.4%) at 17,528 as of Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,775 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 0.8%, and Starwood Property ( STWD), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.7%, Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 1.3%, Brookfield Asset Management Inc Class A ( BAM), down 1.2%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 1.2% and Icahn ( IEP), down 1.1%.

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

3. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings is up $0.32 (2.4%) to $13.44 on light volume. Thus far, 188,261 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.08-$13.44 after having opened the day at $13.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.12.

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Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. provides servicing, origination, and transaction based services to single-family residences in the United States. It operates in three segments: Servicing, Originations, and Solutionstar. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 53.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Forest City ( FCE.A) is up $0.21 (1.0%) to $21.50 on light volume. Thus far, 237,849 shares of Forest City exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.06-$21.50 after having opened the day at $21.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.29.

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Forest City Enterprises, Inc. acquires, owns, develops, and manages commercial and residential real estate and land in the United States. Forest City has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Forest City as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Forest City Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is up $0.24 (0.7%) to $36.72 on average volume. Thus far, 507,178 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.21-$36.75 after having opened the day at $36.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.48.

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Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Realogy Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realogy Holdings 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).