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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 52 points (-0.3%) at 18,381 as of Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,146 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Paramount Group

(

PGRE

), down 1.2%,

Public Storage

(

PSA

), down 0.9%,

CBRE Group

(

CBG

), down 0.4% and

SL Green Realty

(

SLG

), down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include

Momo

(

MOMO

), up 6.8%,

Icahn

(

IEP

), up 3.9%,

Santander Consumer USA Holdings

(

SC

), up 2.0%,

Digital Realty

(

DLR

), up 1.5% and

Realty Income

(

O

), up 1.0%.

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

3.

VEREIT

(

VER

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, VEREIT is down $0.07 (-0.6%) to $10.99 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of VEREIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.97-$11.09 after having opened the day at $11.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.06.

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VEREIT, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. It owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. VEREIT has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 39.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate VEREIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

VEREIT

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

VEREIT Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Ally Financial

(

ALLY

) is down $0.28 (-1.6%) to $17.76 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Ally Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.70-$18.09 after having opened the day at $18.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.04.

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Ally Financial Inc., a diversified financial services company, provides a range of financial products and services primarily to automotive dealers and their retail customers in the United States. Ally Financial has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ally Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ally Financial

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Ally Financial Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

) is down $0.11 (-0.3%) to $31.84 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.70-$32.10 after having opened the day at $31.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.95.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties, Inc is based in Chicago, Illinois. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

General Growth Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full

General Growth Properties 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

).