Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 17,773 as of Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,608 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Forest City Realty ( FCE.B), up 2.1%, Equinix ( EQIX), up 0.6% and Public Storage ( PSA), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 2.5%, American Tower ( AMT), down 0.6% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.6%.

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

3. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is up $0.16 (0.6%) to $27.02 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.69-$27.18 after having opened the day at $26.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.87.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties, Inc is based in Chicago, Illinois. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins 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 General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income ( O) is up $0.44 (0.7%) to $60.53 on average volume. Thus far, 958,087 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.92-$60.91 after having opened the day at $59.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.09.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Realty Income a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $33.06 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.71-$33.14 after having opened the day at $32.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.87.

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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 $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. 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 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).