All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.3%) at 17,066 as of Monday, March 7, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,929 issues advancing vs. 976 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include HCP ( HCP), up 2.7%, Corrections Corp of America ( CXW), up 2.4%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.6%, Forest City Realty ( FCE.B), up 1.3% and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 3.9%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.2% and Regency Centers ( REG), down 0.9%.

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

3. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ventas is up $0.55 (1.0%) to $57.30 on light volume. Thus far, 697,692 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.26-$57.30 after having opened the day at $56.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.75.

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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 $19.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.6% 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 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Welltower ( HCN) is up $0.76 (1.1%) to $66.95 on light volume. Thus far, 399,283 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.43-$66.95 after having opened the day at $65.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.19.

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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 $23.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.7% 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 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Welltower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, 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 Welltower Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.30 (0.7%) to $199.82 on light volume. Thus far, 351,522 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $197.25-$199.87 after having opened the day at $198.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $198.52.

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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 $62.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 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).