All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 147 points (0.8%) at 17,675 as of Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,002 issues advancing vs. 966 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include

Sunstone Hotel Investors

(

SHO

), up 11.4%,

American Campus Communities

(

ACC

), up 2.3%,

Douglas Emmett

(

DEI

), up 2.1%,

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

), up 1.7% and

Kimco Realty

(

KIM

), up 1.5%.

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

3.

Starwood Property

(

STWD

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Starwood Property is down $0.34 (-1.6%) to $20.46 on light volume. Thus far, 747,421 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.46-$20.90 after having opened the day at $20.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.80.

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Starwood Property Trust, Inc. originates, acquires, finances, and manages commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments in the United States and Europe. Starwood Property has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Starwood Property

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Starwood Property Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Capital Agency

(

AGNC

) is down $0.12 (-0.7%) to $17.45 on light volume. Thus far, 927,033 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.44-$17.67 after having opened the day at $17.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.57.

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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 $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital Agency

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

American Capital Agency Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

) is down $0.09 (-0.9%) to $9.36 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.35-$9.47 after having opened the day at $9.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.45.

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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 $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Annaly Capital Management

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Annaly Capital Management 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

).