All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 17,790 as of Monday, April 4, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 958 issues advancing vs. 1,979 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 4.7%, Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 2.2% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 1.1%.

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 $0.38 (1.2%) to $32.99 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.64-$33.23 after having opened the day at $32.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.61.

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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 $15.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates HCP a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Welltower ( HCN) is up $0.48 (0.7%) to $69.64 on light volume. Thus far, 481,617 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.17-$69.81 after having opened the day at $69.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.16.

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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 $24.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.7% 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, Equinix ( EQIX) is up $2.96 (0.9%) to $332.90 on light volume. Thus far, 201,376 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $330.34-$334.18 after having opened the day at $331.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $329.94.

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Equinix, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. Equinix has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. 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).