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 down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.2%) at 16,431 as of Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,618 declining with 151 unchanged. The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), up 2.9%, and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 4.5%, Duke Realty ( DRE), down 1.7%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 1.6%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.6% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 0.7%. 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 $0.41 (0.7%) to $57.20 on light volume. Thus far, 551,335 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.13-$57.90 after having opened the day at $57.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.79. 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 $16.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. 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.