All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 78 points (-0.5%) at 16,015 as of Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 648 issues advancing vs. 2,316 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), down 4.6%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 3.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 3.1%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 2.2% and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 2.2%.

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

3. Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Mid-America Apartment Communities is up $0.93 (1.0%) to $92.41 on average volume. Thus far, 203,324 shares of Mid-America Apartment Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 461,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.90-$92.86 after having opened the day at $91.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.48.

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Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in acquisition, redevelopment, new development, property management, and disposition of multifamily apartment communities. Mid-America Apartment Communities has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Mid-America Apartment Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mid-America Apartment Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Mid-America Apartment Communities Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.20 (0.8%) to $27.01 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.46-$27.03 after having opened the day at $26.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.81.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties, Inc is based in Chicago, Illinois. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $23.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equinix ( EQIX) is up $4.17 (1.4%) to $301.22 on light volume. Thus far, 271,408 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 919,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $295.78-$301.41 after having opened the day at $296.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $297.05.

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Equinix, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. Equinix has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and deteriorating net income. Get the full Equinix 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).