All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 18,344 as of Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,725 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include

Brookfield Asset Management

(

BAM

), up 0.9%,

Equity Lifestyle Properties

(

ELS

), up 0.8% and

Realty Income

(

O

), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Diamondrock Hospitality

(

DRH

), down 4.9%,

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

), down 4.6%,

Momo

(

MOMO

), down 3.7%,

Pebblebrook Hotel

(

PEB

), down 3.1% and

RLJ Lodging

(

RLJ

), down 2.3%.

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

3.

Extra Space Storage

(

EXR

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage is up $0.92 (1.0%) to $94.41 on light volume. Thus far, 324,147 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 985,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.14-$94.49 after having opened the day at $93.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.49.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Extra Space Storage

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Extra Space Storage Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

AvalonBay Communities

(

AVB

) is up $1.24 (0.7%) to $186.91 on light volume. Thus far, 276,398 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 819,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $185.31-$187.64 after having opened the day at $186.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.67.

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AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $25.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

AvalonBay Communities

as a

buy

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

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now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Welltower

(

HCN

) is up $0.56 (0.7%) to $76.58 on light volume. Thus far, 691,203 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.00-$76.94 after having opened the day at $76.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.02.

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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 $27.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Welltower a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Welltower

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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

Welltower 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

).