All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 252 points (1.5%) at 16,768 as of Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,394 issues advancing vs. 591 declining with 111 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 4.1%, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA), up 3.6%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), up 3.4%, Prologis ( PLD), up 3.2% and HCP ( HCP), up 3.1%.

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

3. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is up $3.67 (1.5%) to $253.16 on light volume. Thus far, 137,914 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 890,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $249.73-$253.80 after having opened the day at $249.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $249.49.

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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 $44.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. 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 Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $2.23 (2.4%) to $94.43 on light volume. Thus far, 850,784 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.65-$94.66 after having opened the day at $92.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.20.

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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 $38.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share 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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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $2.88 (1.5%) to $192.61 on light volume. Thus far, 314,813 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $190.70-$192.84 after having opened the day at $190.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.73.

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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 $58.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.4% 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 and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 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).