All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 16,416 as of Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,097 issues advancing vs. 1,872 declining with 189 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Retail Properties of America ( RPAI), up 2.1%, Realty Income ( O), up 1.9%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.8%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), up 1.8% and UDR ( UDR), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 3.3%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 2.1%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 2.0%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.4% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), 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 $0.22 (0.6%) to $36.16 on light volume. Thus far, 930,125 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.42-$36.21 after having opened the day at $35.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.94.

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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 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $2.22 (1.2%) to $188.50 on average volume. Thus far, 535,118 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 $185.47-$189.14 after having opened the day at $185.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $186.28.

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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 $57.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equinix ( EQIX) is up $2.23 (0.7%) to $312.80 on light volume. Thus far, 209,313 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 934,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $308.88-$313.83 after having opened the day at $310.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $310.57.

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Equinix, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. Equinix has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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