All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 225 points (-1.3%) at 16,450 as of Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 991 issues advancing vs. 2,005 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Realty Income ( O), up 2.6%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 2.3%, Ventas ( VTR), up 1.9%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.8% and UDR ( UDR), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include FelCor Lodging ( FCH), down 6.5%, RLJ Lodging ( RLJ), down 4.9%, Diamondrock Hospitality ( DRH), down 4.7%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 4.6% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 3.9%.

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

3. Kimco Realty ( KIM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty is up $0.34 (1.4%) to $24.18 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.45-$24.23 after having opened the day at $23.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.84.

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Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.21 (0.6%) to $208.62 on average volume. Thus far, 323,161 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 638,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $205.04-$210.75 after having opened the day at $205.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $207.41.

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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 $35.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $1.80 (2.7%) to $67.98 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.15-$68.30 after having opened the day at $65.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.18.

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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 $22.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Health Care REIT 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).