All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 144 points (-0.8%) at 17,704 as of Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 506 issues advancing vs. 2,460 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CIM Commercial ( CMCT), down 5.0%, Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 2.5%, Brookfield Asset Management Inc Class A ( BAM), down 2.5%, VEREIT ( VER), down 1.8% and SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 1.4%.

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 $0.30 (0.8%) to $36.08 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.51-$36.13 after having opened the day at $35.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.78.

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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 $16.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.55 (1.0%) to $53.75 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.90-$53.83 after having opened the day at $53.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.20.

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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 $17.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 25.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Welltower ( HCN) is up $0.52 (0.8%) to $64.17 on average volume. Thus far, 941,796 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.38-$64.56 after having opened the day at $63.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.65.

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Welltower 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. Welltower has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Welltower a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Welltower 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 Welltower 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).