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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 83 points (-0.5%) at 17,836 as of Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,213 issues advancing vs. 1,780 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Mack-Cali Realty ( CLI), up 4.0%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 2.9%, Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 1.1%, Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), up 1.0% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 1.0%. A company within the industry that fell today was CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.7%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, HCP is up $0.42 (1.1%) to $37.96 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.54-$38.00 after having opened the day at $37.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.54.

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HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.63 (0.9%) to $67.73 on light volume. Thus far, 570,990 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.02-$67.80 after having opened the day at $67.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.10.

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Health Care REIT, 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. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.49 (0.8%) to $64.43 on light volume. Thus far, 638,438 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.86-$64.57 after having opened the day at $63.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.94.

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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 $21.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ventas 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).