All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 153 points (-0.9%) at 17,738 as of Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 534 issues advancing vs. 2,431 declining with 111 unchanged. The Real Estate industry currently sits down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.6%, and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 3.4%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 3.2%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 3.2%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.9% and Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 2.7%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today: 3. Welltower ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Welltower is up $1.16 (1.6%) to $71.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.65-$72.36 after having opened the day at $70.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.28. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 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 $24.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Welltower a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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, expanding profit margins 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. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.49 (0.8%) to $63.11 on light volume. Thus far, 746,364 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.20-$63.27 after having opened the day at $62.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.62. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 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 $20.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.70 (0.7%) to $254.27 on average volume. Thus far, 483,594 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 766,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $251.07-$255.87 after having opened the day at $251.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $252.57. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $42.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 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).