All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 123 points (0.7%) at 18,349 as of Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,303 issues advancing vs. 681 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 4.0%, Forest City Realty ( FCE.B), up 3.8%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 3.7%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 2.7% and Icahn ( IEP), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), down 3.0%, Regency Centers ( REG), down 2.9%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), down 1.3%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.2% and DDR ( DDR), down 1.1%.

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

3. SL Green Realty ( SLG) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, SL Green Realty is up $1.98 (1.9%) to $109.04 on average volume. Thus far, 340,358 shares of SL Green Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 762,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.64-$109.07 after having opened the day at $106.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.05.

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SL Green Realty Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm engages in the property management, acquisitions, financing, development, construction, and leasing. It also provides tenant services to its clients. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. SL Green Realty has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate SL Green Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SL Green Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full SL Green Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $0.80 (0.6%) to $135.33 on average volume. Thus far, 290,446 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 757,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.82-$135.44 after having opened the day at $134.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.53.

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Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.62 (1.7%) to $37.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.44-$37.30 after having opened the day at $36.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.54.

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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 $16.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates HCP a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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).