All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 86 points (-0.5%) at 17,416 as of Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,023 issues advancing vs. 1,858 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.2%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.6%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.5%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 1.4% and Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.4%.

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

3. Sun Communities ( SUI) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sun Communities is up $0.85 (1.3%) to $67.85 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Sun Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 272,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.25-$68.10 after having opened the day at $67.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.00.

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Sun Communities, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It owns, operates, and develops manufactured housing communities in the midwestern, southern, and southeastern United States. Sun Communities has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sun Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations 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 Sun Communities Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Gramercy Property ( GPT) is up $0.15 (1.9%) to $8.14 on light volume. Thus far, 604,411 shares of Gramercy Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.91-$8.18 after having opened the day at $7.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.99.

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Gramercy Property Trust, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in industrial and office properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Gramercy Capital Corp. Gramercy Property has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Gramercy Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gramercy Property as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Gramercy Property Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CyrusOne ( CONE) is up $0.69 (1.6%) to $43.73 on average volume. Thus far, 556,527 shares of CyrusOne exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 807,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.29-$43.95 after having opened the day at $42.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.04.

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CyrusOne Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, operates, and develops enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, and multi-tenant data center properties. CyrusOne has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate CyrusOne a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CyrusOne as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full CyrusOne 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).