Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 18,013 as of Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,531 issues advancing vs. 1,350 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 4.2%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.1%, Essex Property ( ESS), up 0.8%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 0.7% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.2%, and HCP ( HCP), down 0.8%.

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

3. CoreSite Realty ( COR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CoreSite Realty is up $2.52 (3.5%) to $74.82 on average volume. Thus far, 232,770 shares of CoreSite Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 386,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.00-$76.68 after having opened the day at $75.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.30.

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CoreSite Realty Corporation engages in the ownership, acquisition, construction, and management of data centers. CoreSite Realty has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate CoreSite Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoreSite Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full CoreSite Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is up $19.96 (11.1%) to $199.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 296,726 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 193,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $191.60-$200.75 after having opened the day at $193.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.50.

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CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and online marketplace services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.76 (0.7%) to $105.25 on average volume. Thus far, 936,426 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.52-$105.34 after having opened the day at $103.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.49.

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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 $44.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full American Tower 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).