All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 41 points (0.2%) at 17,979 as of Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,939 issues advancing vs. 992 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 2.8%, Welltower ( HCN), up 1.2% and Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Public Storage ( PSA), down 2.2%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.1%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 1.0% and Equity Residential ( EQR), down 0.5%.

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

3. Vornado Realty ( VNO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty is up $0.71 (0.7%) to $96.49 on light volume. Thus far, 255,112 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 773,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.56-$96.65 after having opened the day at $95.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.78.

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Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty ( KIM) is up $0.26 (0.9%) to $29.12 on light volume. Thus far, 613,846 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.75-$29.19 after having opened the day at $28.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.86.

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Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is up $0.76 (1.0%) to $78.28 on light volume. Thus far, 372,434 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.18-$78.64 after having opened the day at $77.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.52.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Macerich 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).