One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.1%) at 15,979 as of Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,349 issues advancing vs. 1,636 declining with 166 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 St. Joe ( JOE), up 5.7%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 2.4%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.8%, UDR ( UDR), up 1.8% and Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Colony Capital ( CLNY), down 3.1%, and Icahn ( IEP), down 2.2%.

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 $0.29 (0.8%) to $37.11 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.70-$37.24 after having opened the day at $36.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.82.

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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 $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.49 (0.7%) to $66.60 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.78-$66.68 after having opened the day at $66.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.11.

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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 $23.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, solid stock price performance, 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 low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.24 (0.7%) to $181.40 on average volume. Thus far, 579,493 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $180.17-$181.64 after having opened the day at $180.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $180.16.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $56.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Simon Property Group 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).