All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 18,524 as of Monday, July 18, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,660 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Kennedy-Wilson Holdings ( KW), up 4.9%, NorthStar Asset Management Group ( NSAM), up 2.2%, Sunstone Hotel Investors ( SHO), up 1.9% and American Homes 4 Rent ( AMH), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 0.7%.

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

3. CBRE Group ( CBG) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, CBRE Group is up $0.56 (2.0%) to $28.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.26-$28.07 after having opened the day at $27.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.50.

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CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company worldwide. It operates through Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services segments. CBRE Group has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. 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 notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.38 (0.5%) to $72.38 on light volume. Thus far, 515,446 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.10-$72.65 after having opened the day at $72.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.00.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $17.10 on light volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.93-$17.20 after having opened the day at $16.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.98.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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).