One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,123 as of Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,692 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include New Residential Investment ( NRZ), up 3.6%, Sunstone Hotel Investors ( SHO), up 2.9%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 1.8%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.5% and Macerich ( MAC), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include HFF ( HF), down 4.9%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), down 1.7%, Brookfield Asset Management Inc Class A ( BAM), down 1.5%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.4% and American Campus Communities ( ACC), down 1.2%.

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 $0.35 (1.0%) to $36.63 on light volume. Thus far, 808,081 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.40-$36.85 after having opened the day at $36.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.28.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

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 $17.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.6% 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.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

2. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is up $0.95 (0.5%) to $179.16 on light volume. Thus far, 171,418 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 767,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $179.02-$181.05 after having opened the day at $179.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $178.21.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.57 (0.6%) to $250.31 on light volume. Thus far, 215,234 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 701,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $249.25-$251.46 after having opened the day at $250.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $248.74.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

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 $42.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 34.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

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).