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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 2 points (0.0%) at 17,750 as of Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,461 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include

Icahn

(

IEP

), up 2.8%,

Sun Communities

(

SUI

), up 2.7% and

Equity One

(

EQY

), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Hilltop Holdings

(

HTH

), down 4.6%,

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

), down 2.5%,

CoStar Group

(

CSGP

), down 1.9%,

American Realty Capital Properties

(

ARCP

), down 1.0% and

Prologis

(

PLD

), down 1.0%.

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 $1.61 (2.3%) to $72.76 on light volume. Thus far, 368,688 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 991,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.63-$72.89 after having opened the day at $71.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.15.

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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 $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

Extra Space Storage Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

American Capital Agency

(

AGNC

) is up $0.23 (1.2%) to $19.19 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.90-$19.26 after having opened the day at $18.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.96.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital Agency

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full

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1. As of noon trading,

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

) is up $0.06 (0.6%) to $9.90 on average volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.77-$9.99 after having opened the day at $9.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.84.

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Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Annaly Capital Management

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. 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

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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

).