All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 17,560 as of Monday, March 28, 2016, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,693 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include HCP ( HCP), up 2.1%, Equity Residential ( EQR), up 1.8%, VEREIT ( VER), up 1.8%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), up 1.6% and Prologis ( PLD), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 3.6%.

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 $4.58 (1.7%) to $271.26 on light volume. Thus far, 167,062 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 816,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $267.28-$271.27 after having opened the day at $267.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $266.68.

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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 $46.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.99 (1.0%) to $203.43 on light volume. Thus far, 213,560 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $200.95-$203.47 after having opened the day at $202.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $201.44.

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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 $63.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equinix ( EQIX) is up $3.56 (1.1%) to $324.31 on light volume. Thus far, 164,066 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $320.69-$324.38 after having opened the day at $322.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $320.75.

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Equinix, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. Equinix has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. 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).