One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 23 points (0.1%) at 17,236 as of Monday, March 14, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,114 issues advancing vs. 1,808 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Forest City Realty ( FCE.B), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 5.1%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), down 1.7%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.7%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.4% and Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 1.4%.

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 $0.38 (0.6%) to $60.16 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.57-$60.43 after having opened the day at $59.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.78.

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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 $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.9% 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, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.36 (1.2%) to $29.08 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.53-$29.19 after having opened the day at $28.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.72.

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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 $14.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $3.80 (1.5%) to $258.92 on light volume. Thus far, 308,714 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 850,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $254.99-$259.14 after having opened the day at $256.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $255.12.

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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 $43.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Public Storage 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).