All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 186 points (1.1%) at 16,337 as of Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,454 issues advancing vs. 1,529 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include LendingTree ( TREE), up 13.6%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 3.5%, EPR Properties ( EPR), up 1.7%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.6% and Realty Income ( O), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include New Residential Investment ( NRZ), down 3.8%, Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), down 3.2%, Icahn ( IEP), down 3.1%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 2.3% and Prologis ( PLD), down 1.6%.

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

3. Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment is up $1.17 (0.8%) to $147.98 on light volume. Thus far, 80,577 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 356,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $146.53-$148.49 after having opened the day at $146.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.81.

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Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty ( KIM) is up $0.16 (0.6%) to $25.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.15-$25.55 after having opened the day at $25.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.21.

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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 $10.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is up $0.45 (0.6%) to $78.08 on light volume. Thus far, 319,232 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.31-$78.15 after having opened the day at $78.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.63.

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Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Digital Realty a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Digital Realty 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).