All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 17,011 as of Friday, March 4, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,140 issues advancing vs. 755 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 2.7%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 2.1%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.7%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.2% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include UDR ( UDR), down 2.3%, Equinix ( EQIX), down 1.9%, Realty Income ( O), down 1.6%, Public Storage ( PSA), down 1.4% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 0.9%.

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

3. Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Senior Housing Properties is up $0.38 (2.3%) to $16.76 on light volume. Thus far, 679,040 shares of Senior Housing Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.33-$16.84 after having opened the day at $16.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.38.

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Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Senior Housing Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Senior Housing Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL) is up $4.18 (3.8%) to $113.16 on average volume. Thus far, 301,585 shares of Jones Lang LaSalle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 413,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.14-$113.76 after having opened the day at $109.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.98.

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Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, a financial and professional services company, provides commercial real estate and investment management services worldwide. Jones Lang LaSalle has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 31.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Jones Lang LaSalle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jones Lang LaSalle as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Jones Lang LaSalle Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $31.62 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.11-$31.76 after having opened the day at $31.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.38.

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HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $14.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full HCP 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).