All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 16,848 as of Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,599 issues advancing vs. 1,307 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 5.1%, New Residential Investment ( NRZ), up 3.8%, Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.5%, Ventas ( VTR), up 1.0% and Welltower ( HCN), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 3.0%, and American Tower ( AMT), down 0.5%.

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

3. Essex Property ( ESS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Essex Property is up $2.00 (0.9%) to $218.59 on light volume. Thus far, 148,382 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 527,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $211.86-$218.90 after having opened the day at $215.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $216.59.

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Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $1.48 (2.2%) to $70.10 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.57-$70.22 after having opened the day at $68.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.62.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $27.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins 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 Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.29 (1.1%) to $26.94 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.50-$27.00 after having opened the day at $26.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.65.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels 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 poor profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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).