Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged. The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 4.4%, Hersha Hospitality ( HT), up 4.2%, Zillow ( Z), up 1.5%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 1.3% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Campus Communities ( ACC), down 1.8%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.4%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 1.2%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.1% and UDR ( UDR), down 1.1%. TheStreet 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 $0.36 (0.6%) to $62.84 on average volume. Thus far, 728,208 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.94-$62.90 after having opened the day at $62.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.48. 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 $18.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now. 3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.