Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 15,368 as of Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,885 issues advancing vs. 1,048 declining with 118 unchanged. The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 2.7%, Icahn ( IEP), up 0.8%, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 1.2%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.7% and Macerich Company ( MAC), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR), down 2.41, Hatteras Financial Corporation ( HTS), down 1.44 and MFA Financial ( MFA), down 1.27. TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today: 5. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ventas is up $0.85 (1.04) to $82.52 on average volume Thus far, 666,702 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.88-$82.58 after having opened the day at $82.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.67. 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 $23.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100%. See his top picks for 14-days FREE.