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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,806 as of Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,737 issues advancing vs. 1,177 declining with 175 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

Brookfield Property Partners

(

BPY

), up 1.6%,

Essex Property

(

ESS

), up 1.3%,

UDR

(

TheStreet Recommends

UDR

), up 1.3%,

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

), up 1.3% and

Omega Healthcare Investors

(

OHI

), up 1.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Leju Holdings

(

LEJU

), up 5.1%.

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

3.

Ventas

(

VTR

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ventas is up $0.59 (1.1%) to $53.59 on light volume. Thus far, 569,355 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.01-$53.85 after having opened the day at $53.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.00.

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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 $17.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 26.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ventas

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full

Ventas Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Welltower

(

HCN

) is up $0.58 (0.9%) to $63.04 on light volume. Thus far, 493,670 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.37-$63.39 after having opened the day at $62.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.46.

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Welltower Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Welltower has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Welltower a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Welltower

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Welltower Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) is up $1.36 (0.7%) to $189.85 on light volume. Thus far, 258,985 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $188.10-$190.85 after having opened the day at $188.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $188.49.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $58.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Simon Property Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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

Simon Property Group 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

).