All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.1%) at 17,562 as of Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 892 issues advancing vs. 1,995 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include WP Glimcher ( WPG), up 3.4%, Healthcare Realty ( HR), up 1.3%, Public Storage ( PSA), up 0.9%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), up 0.6% and Essex Property ( ESS), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Momo ( MOMO), down 4.2%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 3.3%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 3.1%, Outfront Media ( OUT), down 2.5% and Zillow Group ( ZG), down 2.4%.

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

3. Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage is up $1.40 (1.6%) to $90.04 on light volume. Thus far, 240,376 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.54-$90.15 after having opened the day at $88.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.64.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins 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 Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income ( O) is up $0.72 (1.2%) to $61.60 on light volume. Thus far, 447,657 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.64-$61.69 after having opened the day at $60.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.88.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Realty Income a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Welltower ( HCN) is up $0.45 (0.7%) to $67.19 on light volume. Thus far, 451,659 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.27-$67.30 after having opened the day at $66.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.74.

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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 $23.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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).